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L A S E L L 

The Newsletter of Lasell College 

Spring 2006 

in this issue 


Message from the President 


New Trustees & Overseers 





Connected Learning 



Campus Update 


Class Notes 


Alumni Relations 



Annual Fund 


Major Gifts 




The Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes, widely 
acclaimed as one of America's greatest preachers, 
will he the speaker and honorary degree recipient 
at Lasell's Commencement Ceremony, Sunday, 
May 21 (see story page 3J. 

President Thomas E.J. de Witt Announces 
Plans to Retire in June 2007 

Following a successful, nearly two- 
decade-long tenure overseeing the 
dramatic academic and physical growth 
of Lasell College, President Thomas E.J. 
de Witt has announced that he will be 
retiring from his position effective June 
30, 2007 (see Message from the President, 
page 2). 

The Lasell College Board of Trustees 
will launch a full-scale national search 
for a new president, and a Presidential 
Transition Committee has been 
established to ensure that all Lasell 
constituencies are kept fully informed. 
The progress of the search will be 
reported through a presidential 
transition Web site at 

"President de Witt's long and distin- 
guished tenure as president — it will be 
19 years when he steps down — is truly 

unique at a time when the average col- 
lege president serves just over six years," 
said Chairman of the Board and Lasell 
Village resident, Erik Stapper. "Tom has 
amassed an extraordinary record of 
accomplishments during the de Witt 
years. The transformation of Lasell 
from a single-sex, two-year college to 
a co-educational college offering both 
baccalaureate and graduate degree pro- 
grams is nothing short of astonishing. 
We are most grateful to Dr. de Witt for 
bringing his leadership and vision to 
our campus." 

Change — dramatic, positive, and galva- 
nizing — has been the imprimatur 
of Thomas E. J. de Witt's presidency. 
His entrepreneurial spirit and aptitude 
for instigating change has led Lasell 
College to new pathways toward stability 
and success. 

A list of Dr. de Witt's accomplishments, 
achieved during his presidency, clearly 
demonstrates his talent for advancing 
the agenda of the institution through 
an artful and agile balance of academ- 
ics, fiscal astuteness, and pragmatic 

continued on page 3 

Alumna Bequeaths Lasell its Largest Gift 

I n what is the largest gift ever received 
by the institution, Evelyn Virginia Suor 
Butterworth '27, who died at the age of 
99 on January 9, 2006, bequeathed $5 
million to Lasell. 

"Our students, faculty and Board of 
Trustees are deeply grateful to Mrs. 
Butterworth for her generosity and 
unwavering, long-standing faith in 
Lasell," said Lasell president, Thomas 

E.J. de Witt, who visited her every year 
at her home in Pennsylvania. 

"Her philanthropy is a strong and clear 
vote of confidence for and trust in Lasell 
— which in so many ways is an institu- 
tion very different from the one Evelyn 
Butterworth attended in the 1920s. 
Clearly her gift will resonate for years to 
come and impact positively on the life 
of this College." 

Evelyn Butterworth was a real estate 
agent by profession. She was born in 
Buffalo, NY and started her career there 
at her father's firm, Suor and Suor Real 
Estate. Mrs. Butterworth was married 
to the late dermatologist, Thomas 
Butterworth, and resided with him 
in Reading, PA. 

Committed to education and grateful 
for the experiences she garnered at 
Lasell, Mrs. Butterworth attended many 
reunions and said that she wanted 
"to give back some of the benefit she 
received" as a student at the College. 
While at Lasell, she was active in the 
Golf Club and resided in Woodland Hall 
and Hawthorne House. Her yearbook 
says of her, "E arnest, V aluable. Evelyn 
has won the esteem of her associates by 
her confidential manner." Se 

Message /rom the President 

Dear Alumni and Friends, 

It is with mixed emotions — gratitude, 
anticipation and a little sadness — that I 
announce my retirement as president of 
Lasell College, effective June 30, 2007, 

after what will be 19 years of service. 
Because this institution, which my 
family and 1 have come to cherish as 
our home, has experienced a profound 
transformation during my tenure, it is 
difficult to walk away from a challenge 
that turned into a labor of love. It is the 
right time, however, to relinquish the 
reins of this vibrant community to a 
new president. 

The College is poised for greatness, 
with a newfound regional competitive- 
ness, solid financial footing after almost 
two decades of balanced budgets, 
burgeoning enrollment, progressively 
stronger entering classes of students, 
and a cutting edge curriculum taught by 
outstanding faculty and supported by a 
talented, committed staff. 

Our strength has come from a focus on 
innovation and our unwillingness to 
compromise. Lasell has transformed 

itself from a fragile two-year single-sex 
institution into a robust, four-year 
co-educational college offering a unique 
graduate program. Its profile is 
enhanced by the creation of Lasell 
Village — the trend-setting continuing 
care retirement community with a 
mandatory learning component that 
has garnered international acclaim. 

Lasell is ready to welcome a new, cre- 
ative president who will join a superb 
leadership team. Under the stewardship 
of an engaged, entrepreneurial Board 
of Trustees, the College has invested 
$40 million in new and renovated 
state-of-the-art facilities, expanded the 
residential capacity by 60% to over 
900 beds, and added a stunning 
campus center and modern athletic 
venues. Lasell's nearly 1300 students 
are active in community service in the 
greater Boston area, across the nation, 
and abroad. 

I am grateful to all of you who kept 
your faith in this venerable institution, 
supporting its remarkable renaissance 
with your gifts and talents. The Board of 
Trustees is organizing the community 
for a national search and will keep you 
all informed of developments. In the 
coming year, I hope to express my 
appreciation in person as I travel to 
alumni clubs to say goodbye. 


Thomas E.J. de Witt, Ph.D. 

Crowing with the Times 

Future Trends in Aging & Technology 

The aging of our citizens alters the 
needs this country must meet. 

The RoseMary B. Fuss Center for 
Research on Aging and Intergenerational 
Studies at Lasell takes a look at a range of 
technological changes that will occur at 
increasingly accelerated rates as science 
and technology attempt to keep up with 
the aging of our population — a stagger- 
ing number known as the baby boomer 
generation. Those born between 1946 

and 1964 account for 75 million people, 
and those born in the 1940s are now 
into their 60s. 

Registration is $40. However, there are 
a limited number of free registrations 
available for current members of the 
Lasell Community. 

For further conference or registration 
information, please contact us at: 
617-663-7111. % 


Future Trends in Aging & Technology 

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Keynote Speaker: 

Dr. Joseph Coughlin, Director, AgeLab, MIT 

With additional presentations by: 

Majd Alwan 

Smart House Technology for 
Aging in Place Independently 

Susan L. Dimmick 

The dynamics of Telehealth, 

Telemedicine and Telehomehealth 

Pierre Larochelle 

Assistive Robotics for the Elderly: 
What the Future Holds 

Lydia Lundberg and Bill Reed 

The Elite Care Story: A High Tech 
Assisted Living Facility 

R. Martin Spencer 

Mobile Service Robotics in 
Eldercare Settings 


A L. 

Lasell Board Activity 

New Trustee Elected 

Lasell College is 
pleased to welcome a 
new member to the 
Board of Trustees. 

John V. Pilitsis, 
Ph.D. was President 
of the Optoelectronics Group at Lucent 
Technologies, Inc., retiring in 1998 after 
30 years of service. Subsequent to his 
retirement from Lucent he has founded 
and/or managed a series of companies 
as CEO and President: MKQC, Inc., 
FiTEL Technologies, Inc., and CyOptics, 
Inc. These companies specialize in 
integrated circuits and photonic semi- 
conductors for telecomm and broad 
band applications. 

Dr. Pilitsis brought his expertise in 
information processing systems 

planning, auditing, strategic visioning, 
marketing, and new product innovation 
to the work place and continues to lend 
them to both non-profit and for-profit 
institutions. He is currently serving 
on two corporate boards for U.S. and 
European companies, is industry con- 
sultant to several fiber optic companies, 
and serves as ombudsman for the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
Office of Elder Affairs. 

A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson 
University, Dr. Pilitsis received his M.S. 
and his Ph.D. from the University of 
Buffalo. He has traveled extensively 
through Europe, South East Asia, Japan, 
and China for business and vacation. * 

Applications Soar 

Fashion Program Closed For 
September 2006 

Because of its recognition as one of 
the finest fashion programs in New 
England, this year the Fashion Program 
received an overwhelming number of 
applications from highly qualified 
candidates. In order to preserve the 
integrity of the program and provide the 

continued high quality connected learn- 
ing experience for which it is known, 
the Office of Undergraduate Admission 
was forced to close its acceptance of new 
applications as of the first of April. * 

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Spring 2006 

College Update 

President de Witt Announces Retirement 

Continued from page i 

It was Thomas E. J. de Witt who served as chief architect for and driving force behind 
the following key initiatives: 

In 1989, Lasell applied for and 
received degree-granting authority as 
a four-year baccalaureate institution. 

In 1990, Lasell embarked on the 
creation of Lasell Village, a first-of-its- 
kind, life-long learning retirement 
community to be situated on the 
College campus. Today the Village 
stands as a shining example of how 
lifelong learning can enhance and 
vitalize lives. 

In 1998, LaselTs Board of Trustees 
voted unanimously to respond to the 
changing needs of its constituencies 
and expand the institution's 147-year 
mission as a women's college by 
admitting men. Today, more than 
30 percent of Lasell students are male. 

During 19 years, Lasell built 22 
new buildings, including 16 for 
Lasell Village. 

Lasell more than tripled its 
enrollment for full-time 
undergraduate students since 
1988, increasing the number from 
393 students in 1988 to 1194 
students and 43 active graduate 
students in fall of '05. 

Lasell has enjoyed 18 years of 
balanced budgets and surpluses 
without deferring vital investment 
in physical plant. 

A classically schooled academician, a 
former classroom lecturer, and a recog- 
nized management/financial expert, 
Dr. de Witt has a resume that boasts 
other dramatic transformation stories 
in the higher education arena. He 
strengthened the financial status of 
Regis College and, at Endicott College, 
he served as Executive Vice President 
for three years. Tom de Witt will be 
leaving his post at Lasell to enjoy some 
travel with his wife, Wellesley professor 
Dr. Margaret Ward, and also explore 
opportunities to write and consult. 

"As virtually every student, faculty 
and staff member, parent, trustee and 
Lasell Village resident can attest, Tom 
de Witt's gift of leadership goes beyond 
recognizing the need for change by 
setting a course and leading the way. 
His understanding and appreciation of 
consensus-building has bolstered his 

success as the College's chief executive," 
says Chairman Stapper. "His shoes will 
be difficult to fill." 

He added, "As a resident of Lasell 
Village I have more than an academic 
interest in the successful completion of 
the search for his successor." '*' 

Peter J. Gomes, One of America's Greatest Preachers, 
to be Commencement Speaker on May 21, 2006 

Behind a podium or from his church 
pulpit, the Reverend Professor Peter J. 
Gomes — the Plummer Professor of 
Christian Morals and Pusey Minister at 
Memorial Church at Harvard University 
— is a veritable force of nature. 

In his deep, resonating voice, he speaks 
with passion and conviction on themes 
of daily living, vividly using the wisdom 
of the scriptures to illuminate the way for 
eager listeners. 

Peter J. Gomes, widely acclaimed as 
one of America's greatest preachers, 
will be the speaker and honorary degree 
recipient at Lasell College's 152nd com- 
mencement exercises on Sunday, May 21, 
2006, at Taylor Field. 

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1942, 
the Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes is 
an ordained American Baptist minister 
who has served in the Memorial Church 
at Harvard University since 1970. 

Professor Gomes holds degrees from 
Bates College (A.B., 1965), and from the 
Harvard Divinity School (S.TB.,1968); 
and 14 honorary degrees. In 2001, 
Harvard University presented him with 
the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award. He 

is an Honorary Fellow of the University 
of Cambridge, England, where the 
Gomes Lectureship is established in 
his name. 

Named Clergy of the Year in 1998 by 
Religion in American Life, Professor 
Gomes participated in the presidential 
inaugurations of Ronald Reagan and of 
George Herbert Walker Bush. His New 
York Times and national best-selling 
books, The Good Book: Reading the 
Bible with Mind and Heart, (1996); 
and Sermons: Biblical Wisdom for 
Daily Living (1998), were published by 
William Morrow and Company, Inc., 
and he has published seven additional 
volumes of sermons as well as numer- 
ous articles and papers. 

Profiled by Robert Boynton in The 
New Yorker, and interviewed by Morley 
Safer on 60 Minutes, the Reverend 
Professor Peter J. Gomes was included 
in the summer 1999 premiere issue 
of Talk magazine as part of its feature 
article, "The Best Talkers in America: 
Fifty Big Mouths We Hope Will Never 
Shut Up." * 

Spring 2006 

Lasell Leaves 3 

Connected Learning 

Donahue Scholar Howard Zinn Speaks About Political 
and Anti-War Activism 

Dr. Howard Zinn — professor 
emeritus at Boston University — has 
spent the better part of his public and 
professional life railing against war and 
social injustice. 

During a week of visits to classrooms 
and lecture halls at Lasell College last 
fall, the activist professor, author and 
playwright talked to students about 
his past, his experiences, and his 
philosophy, serving as a visiting scholar 
for the Donahue Institute for Values 
and Public Life. The mission of the 
Donahue Institute is to foster awareness 
of the importance of a civil society and 
to create sensitivity to the moral dimen- 
sions of choices individuals make. 

Surprisingly soft spoken for a man 
with a reputation as a firebrand, with 
a winsome and wry sense of humor, 
Zinn was a genial guest, talking about 
his origins in Brooklyn, where he grew 
up in a working-class family, and about 
his youth as a shipyard laborer and later 
still, in World War II, serving in the Air 
Force as a bombardier. 

"Dropping bombs from five miles high, 
I didn't see human beings, didn't hear 
screams, didn't see children dismem- 
bered," he said softly. It was only later, 
as a witness to history, seeing one war 
after another — most especially the 
tortured one in Vietnam — that his 
anti-war sensibilities blossomed. 

After he returned from the Air Force, 
Howard Zinn attended Columbia 
University under the GI Bill and earned 
his Ph.D. in History. He taught at 
Spellman College in Atlanta, a school 
for black women, where he cut his 
activist teeth and became deeply and 
passionately involved in the Civil Rights 
movement, including participating in 
and advising the Student Nonviolent 
Coordinating Committee (SNCC). 

It was there that he learned firsthand 
that "liberties are not given, they 
are taken." 

To Lasell students he talked about free- 
dom and our perception of inalienable 
rights, and Zinn recalled how students 
came to him during those Spellman 
College days, asking if they had a 
"right" to leaflet. 

"I said of course you have a right to 
leaflet. However, if a policeman comes 
up and says 'get out, no more,' and 
fingers his club or his gun, that 'right' 
may not seem so clear." Said Zinn, 
"Our rights depend on the context of 
atmosphere and our willingness to 
fight for them." 

After talking over the loud droning of 
an air-conditioning system for several 
minutes, trying to be heard, the unit 
was shut off and Zinn mused playfully, 

"Ah, finally my freedom of speech has 
been restored." 

Zinn classifies himself as an anti-war 
activist "not a pacifist. To be a pacifist 
means you miss what you should be 
doing in life," he told his appreciative 

About the Constitution — particularly 
the first amendment, which proclaims 
the right to freedom of religion and 
freedom of expression from government 
interference — Zinn says, "people 
believe that laws are sacred. If it's 
written down it must be true." But, 
he cautions, "The Constitution is so 
powerful that people think it always 
works. Sometimes it does, and some- 
times it doesn't." 

As he wrote in the column he authors 
that appears regularly in The Progressive, 
"No Supreme Court, liberal or 
conservative, will stop the war in Iraq, 
or redistribute the wealth of this country, 
or establish free medical care for every 
human being. Such fundamental change 
will depend, the experience of the past 
suggests, on the actions of an aroused 
citizenry, demanding that the promise of 
the Declaration of Independence — an 
equal right to life, liberty, and the pursuit 
of happiness — be fulfilled." 

Dr. Howard Zinn 

And he urged students not to hesitate to 
disagree and challenge. "Freedom of 
speech depends on us taking risks and 
sometimes getting arrested. In the past, 
when enough people took risks, the 
result was change." 

About the current war in Iraq, Zinn is 
clear. "I hate it." He likes to quote 
Einstein, who said: "War cannot be 
humanized, it can only be abolished." 
Then he adds, "Support our troops 
absolutely... by bringing them home!" "m 

Patriotism, Citizenship, the Constitution and Immigration 

Donahue Institute's Fall Panels Foster Discussion on Timely Issues 

The topics were diverse, but there 
was much food for thought at the 
conclusion of two panel discussions 
sponsored by the Donahue Institute 
for Values and Public Life this fall. 
One was titled "Nationalism, 
Patriotism, and Citizenship: The 
U.S. Constitution" and the other was 
"On Being an Immigrant." 

With the hot button issue of the 
Supreme Court nominations on every- 
one's mind, a discourse on the 
Constitution and the Bill of Rights 
seemed particularly timely. Professors 
Joe Aieta and Denny Frey asked stu- 
dents in the packed Rosen Auditorium 
about the founding fathers' intent when 
writing the Constitution. "We can only 
make guesses as to what they had in 
mind," Professor Aieta mused. 

"Does the Constitution guarantee 
democracy?" asked Professor Frey. "In 

point of fact, it encourages democracy 
and it's there to protect basic freedoms. 
The Bill of Rights is for citizens and 
non-citizens alike." 

Certainly the seven students who partic- 
ipated on the "On Being an Immigrant" 
panel felt they had a voice and Nancy 
Miele '07, from South America, 
expressed how lucky she is to be living 
in the United States. "I have been here 
for 18 years and now I find it difficult 
when I return to Peru," she explained. 
"I have three children and I am trying 
to teach them about their heritage 
because they are really growing up as 
Americans. I want them to pull the best 
out of both cultures." 

Students on the panel talked about 
trying to navigate in two worlds and 
dealing with language difficulties. "Text 
books are difficult to read and when I 
speak in class, I never know if what I 

Amanda Wasowski 'oj, Sylvie Norian '06, Katherine Witham '07, Professor Joe Aieta and 
Professor Denny Frey field questions from the audience about the Bill of Rights. 

say will come out right or wrong," said 
a participant. 

"I'm from Egypt and Arabic was my 
first language," explained Marian 
Salama '09. "People don't know much 
about Egyptian culture and make bad 
jokes to cover up their ignorance. They 
don't understand that there can be vast 
differences between American and for- 
eign societies." 

"Things that Americans take for grant- 
ed are sometimes forbidden," concurred 
Christhela Cordero '07. "For instance, 
I'm from El Salvador and body piercing 
is not allowed. My parents didn't get 
past high school. I have been given 
opportunities they never had and being 
at Lasell is certainly one of them." '• 

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Spring 2006 

Connected Learning 

Helping to Rebuild 

Honors Students Travel to New Orleans to Join Hurricane Katrina 
Clean-Up Efforts 

wf hen we got on the plane for New 
Orleans we had no idea what we would 
be doing, but we found we were really 
needed," recalls Vinnie Allard '08. 
"Seeing what the citizens of New 
Orleans were up against after Hurricane 
Katrina was a humbling experience." 

Vinnie was one of 13 members of 
Professor Neil Hatem's sophomore 
honors leadership class that traveled to 
New Orleans to serve as relief volun- 
teers. They worked under the auspices 
of Friend Ships Unlimited, a non-profit 
organization that provides food, medi- 
cine, clothing, and other critical life 
support relief items to people in need. 

Putting in 12 hour days, the group 
found they had unrealized inner 
resources and leadership skills. 

The first step was a class fundraising 
effort to cover expenses. By contacting 
family, friends, and Tulane alumni, the 
students received $5,000 and, upon their 
return, they donated the surplus 
to Friend Ships. 

Melissa Martin, Lasell's Americorps-Vista 
volunteer, made the initial contact with 
Friend Ships, planned the itinerary, and 
was responsible for organizing a daily 
group reflection time. "The trip was 
heartbreaking and overwhelming," 
says Melissa. "There was an incredible 
chemistry between everyone and the 
students were very respectful of the 
people they interacted with. I know that 
as we left we wished we could have had 
more time. There is so much to be done 
and so few hands to do it." 

Hard at work sorting donations are (L to R) Katelyn Rasich '08, Chelsea Comeau '08, 
Erika Burns '08, and (back to camera) Chantal Coughlin '08. 

"We took a deep breath and said, 
'Lef s do it!'" says Nicole Ruggiero '08. 
"Everyone was so positive. We learned 
about ourselves and about how we 
worked as a group. Bonding together 
came with no effort." 

The energy for the project came from 
Professor Hatem and the passion 
Hatem put into it set the tone and level 
of enthusiasm for the entire class. "I 
graduated from Tulane and as a student 
I fell in love with New Orleans. I was 
horrified by its devastation and felt I 
needed to do something. I also saw 
this as a huge opportunity for my class. 
In retrospect, this is the best thing 
I've ever done as a teacher. In a short 
period of time, I saw the students learn 
and grow." 

The group was housed on Friend Ship's 
boat "Hope" that was moored directly 
under the Gretna Bridge, across the 
Mississippi from downtown New 
Orleans. "We slept in bunks that might 
as well have been file cabinets," laughs 
Mercedes Garcia-Bancroft '08. From this 
base, the students went out each day to a 
distribution center in City Park, located 
near the heart of the city. 

"I worked at a Salvation Army drive- 
through food pantry," recalls Rachael 
Bard '08. "Others distributed clothes and 
any other supplies that were needed by 
the workers who had come to New 
Orleans to help with the clean-up effort. 

"On our last day, we had to take down the 
huge tent that covered all of Friend Ship's 

Arriving in New Orleans, the group is excited to start work. (L to R) Front Row: Vista vol- 
unteer Melissa Martin, Danielle Blumenstock '08, Rachel Bard '08, Katelyn Rasich '08, 
Chelsea Comeau '08, and Nicole Ruggiero '08. Back Row: Chantal Coughlin '08, Laura 
Gallagher '08, Erika Bums '08, Mercedes Garcia-Bancroft '08, Anthony Gomes '08, 
Vincent Allard '08, Professor Neil Hatem, Trent Ostrander '08, and Anna Torvi '08. 

relief boxes, and then we started moving 
the cartons to the shelter of a nearby sta- 
dium. I'll never forget struggling with 
those tent poles," Rachael laughs, "and, 
after five hours of working steadily, we 
hadn't even begun to make a dent in all 
the supplies that needed to be relocated." 

"We had fun but we seriously made a 
difference," says Chelsea Lee Comeau 
'08. "To see someone have their first hot 
meal in weeks or to be thrilled with a 
new shirt really made an impression." 

"As time passes I think the students 
have looked back and realized what 
they accomplished," says Professor 
Hatem. "I was working with a group 
of real leaders who gained an under- 
standing of what had happened in 
another city and who have been sharing 
what they learned with the rest of the 
Lasell community." '« 

I he entire men's soccer team banded together in a fundraising effort to help those 
devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Seen here sporting their "Lasell College 
Soccer/Hurricane Relief" tee shirts, the players' efforts were rewarded by raising 
$1,640 which was donated to the American Red Cross. "In starting this effort, I want- 
ed the team to understand the importance of giving to those in need. Too often they 
forget how fortunate they are, and it's times like these where not only can they do 
some good for their fellow man, but learn the value of giving as well," states Head 
Coach Giovanni Pacini. ■« 

Spring 2006 

Lasell Leaves 5 

Connected Learning 

Three Unique Approaches 

Understanding Leadership is Topic of Sophomore Honors Classes 

Michelle Piirington '08 teaches two young 
Ward School students how to type in brail. 

During the fall of their sophomore 
year, members of the Honors program 
all participate in a seminar that focuses 
on the concept of leadership, and the 
skills and social responsibilities that 
come with it. This year, Professors Neil 
Hatem, Sharyn Lowenstein, and Margo 
Lemieux each lead a section. 

Professor Hatem's class raised money to 
go to New Orleans and help with the 
Hurricane Katrina relief effort (see 
story p. 5). The trip gave the class the 
opportunity to lend hands-on assistance, 

opening their eyes to what was happen- 
ing in a deeply stricken community, and 
developing their leadership skills. 

While all the sections were not able to 
undertake such a dramatic project, "We 
all focused on student empowerment, 
media literacy, and communication 
skills," says Art Professor Lemieux. 
"Even though our specific projects were 
different, our overall goals were similar. 

"Throughout history, poets and writers 
have been leaders, and I titled my 
seminar 'Heroes and Dreamers,'" she 
continues. "True leaders are people who 
use their imagination and bring ideas 
to a higher level. Leaders need to see 
beyond the present and dream of 
positive changes for the future." 

The final class project was titled 
"Creativity as an Agent for Change" and 
each student picked an artistic medium 
to re-imagine the world to help bring 
about change. Students used poetry, 
music, story, and illustration to reflect 
their ideas of inspiration. 

"I was impressed by the variety of 
presentations," says Professor Lemieux. 

"Any form of art makes you put yourself 
on the line and through your own expe- 
rience you give voice to others, including 
the underprivileged and undereducated. 
Intrinsically, art is connected learning 
and I watched the class develop tools 
that will help them interpret the world 
and see things in a new light." 

Professor Sharyn Lowensteiris Honors 
section participated in the Newton 
school system's Understanding Our 
Differences (UOD) program which 
teaches children how to act with 
and include people with all types of 
disabilities. The particular unit the 
class focused on dealt with blindness 
and the group facilitated the program 
twice: at Newton's Lincoln-Elliott and 
Ward Schools. 

"As the students trained for this, I 
watched the growth of a partnership," 
says Professor Lowenstein. "UOD 
requires group leadership and the ability 
to work with others. Each student con- 
tributes to the whole. When we did the 
blindness unit for the second time at the 
Ward School we had some timing and 
location issues, but the group pulled 
together and made the program run 

seamlessly. As Laura Albano '08 said, 
'We worked around these glitches with 
humor and perseverance.'" 

"I found out that in order to be a leader 
in a team, if s all about communication,' 
says Michelle Purington '08. "Everyone 
has to know what is going on at all 
times. Because we knew how to talk to 
each other, we were able to keep on top 
of everything. We came away feeling 
that the children understood how to be 
comfortable with someone who has a 
disability and to recognize that he or 
she is a person just like you." e 

Colleen King '08 reads from her illustrated 
children's book that tells the story of a 
young hero. 

Math Builds a Community Connection 

Education Students Tutor at Williams School 

I here are no minuses, just pluses, to 
the math tutoring program that exists 
between Lasell and Newton's Williams 
School. Every week, for 45 minutes, a 
group of Education students crosses 
over Grove Street to meet one-on-one 
with 11 second and third graders to give 
them math assistance after their regular 
day is done. 

"It's a good fit for both schools," says 
Education Department Chair Catherine 
Zeek, who works with the participating 
Lasell students. "We are hoping that by 
early intervention we will be able to help 
the children resolve any math issues 
that they might have. We want the logic 
that they need to be in place before they 
head to the intermediate grades. 

"Our first goal is to support the chil- 
dren," Professor Zeek continues, "and 
via connected learning, the Lasell stu- 
dents get hands-on work and develop 
habits of planning and reflection. They 
create weekly lesson plans for their 
meetings and when done, they are 
asked to think about what they learned 
about the child and the activity." 

The tutoring program is not part of a 
specific Education class. Some of the 
students are volunteering, some are 
doing it as a linked-credit, and some 
are fulfilling a field requirement. 
The Newton School Volunteer Office 
gave all of them training, including 
curriculum and terminology, and then 
they plunged in. 

"We want the sessions to be fun as well 
as instructive," explains Professor Zeek. 
"The students use manipulatives that 
include fake money, clocks, cards, and 
dice. We also try to connect math and lit- 
erature by reading books that have fun 
ways of telling about sorting and groups. 
They might also discuss the seasons and 
the days of the week." 

"I'm with a third grade boy and he loves 
working with coins," says Erica 
Comstock '07. "The tutoring is part of 
my Literacy in Early Childhood 
Education class and Professor Zeek 
worked closely with us on how to apply 
language arts to areas such as math. 
During high school I volunteer-taught in 
a first grade math class and that's when 

(L to R) Stephanie Benson '07, Erica Comstock '07, Jennifer Stedman 'ocj, Colleen King 
'08, Jennifer Greska '08, Jennifer Donalds '07, and Kyle McKay '07 relax after their student 
partners head home. Missing: Sarah Maietta '09, Leigh Peltak '07, Victoria Hargis '06, and 
Jayme Rautenberg '07. 

I discovered how much I love it. I know 
that wherever I teach I will incorporate a 
strong math component." 

At the Williams School, third grade 
teacher Jason Naroff serves as the 
official connection between Lasell and 
the Williams' students. He is the on-site 
curriculum expert, is familiar with the 
terminology that the Williams teachers 
are using in class, and is available to 

answer any questions that the Lasell 
students might have. 

"Our youngsters love working with 
college-age students," says Jason. 
"The program has given the children 
an enormous boost in confidence 
and reinforces the skills that they are 
covering in class. The extra help and 
support is very beneficial." r 

Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2006 

Connected Learning 

Reaching Out to Community 

Fashion Students Redesign Mammogram 
Robes for Newton-Wellesley Hospital 

(L to R) Professor Maritza Farrell, Professor Joan Morris, Holeigh Filkins '06, Lindsay 
McMahon '06 and Kristy Holmes '08 sit in front of the robes designed for the Women's 
Imaging Center at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital. 

Any woman who has had a mammo- 
gram will tell you that the hospital 
'johnnies' that are handed out before 
the procedure are dehumanizing, 
unattractive, and often hard to organize 
and tie," says Fashion Professor Joan 
Morris. "There are several members of 
the Lasell faculty who are breast cancer 
survivors and, in conversation, the 
idea of initiating a student design 

project with the Newton-Wellesley 
Hospital came up, its aim being to 
design and produce garments that 
are both easy to use and made out of 
nicely patterned material." 

The administration of the hospital was 
very receptive to the proposal and this 
fall, as a community service project, 
students eagerly joined Professor 

Morris and Fashion Professor Maritza 
Farrell in the design process. "We 
opened it up to anyone who was inter- 
ested," says Professor Morris. "Some of 
the students did it as an honors project 
and some as part of their community 
service. The mother of one student is a 
mammographer, so she was very aware 
of the situation. 

There are many practical considerations 
to be incorporated in the designs. The 
imaging center at Newton-Wellesley 
Hospital sees 700 patients a week, 
resulting in a high "johnny" turnover. 

"Not only do we have to be concerned 
with protecting patients' privacy, we 
additionally have to think about how 
buttons, snaps, and Velcro stand up 
to the constant washing of the gowns," 
explains Professor Morris. "We also 
need to think about ways to keep 
the cost of manufacturing this many 
robes down." 

In the late fall, Deborah Lockhart, direc- 
tor of Women's Imaging at the hospital, 
came to Lasell to review the students' 
designs, which were displayed on small 
dummies. In recognition of all the work 
that Professor Morris had put into the 

project, the students called their designs 
"Jonis" (pronounced Joanies) instead 
of "johnnies." 

The pros and cons of each sample 
were discussed with Ms. Lockhart 
and choices were narrowed down. 
Two full-sized "Jonis" were then made 
to fit dress forms and the Lasell team 
scheduled a time to take both the 
small and full-sized garments to 
Newton-Wellesley for a meeting with 
the entire Imaging Unit staff. 

"The technicians might have different 
opinions than the administrators, and 
we want everyone to be satisfied before 
we make the final decision," says 
Professor Morris. "Once a design is 
agreed upon, we will make 10 to 20 
samples before we embark on the 
construction of 700 gowns. 

"Like many projects, getting final 
approval seems to be the hardest 
thing to accomplish. We also need to 
decide on how to finance the project 
and have several plans under 
consideration. I am so pleased with 
the energy that the students have put 
behind this. We are all looking forward 
to seeing patients in Lasell-designed 
and constructed robes." '¥ 

Newton Girl Scouts Learn While Having Fun 

Math/Science Fair Organized by Education Majors 

"What a great way to show kids how sci- 
ence and math is all around us," said a 
Brownie Girl Scout Leader as she left 
Lasell's second annual Math/Science 
Fair that was put on by the students in 
Professor Amy Maynard's Mathematics 
& Science Concepts in Elementary 
Education class. "It was just the right 
combination of fun and learning. The 
scouts' only disappointment was when 
we told them it was time to leave." 

Approximately 50 girls from grades 
one through five filled de Witt Hall 
where Rishana Scoullar '06 and Mike 
Unwin '06 gave a welcome speech and 
explained how the fair would work. The 
scouts were then broken up into groups 
that rotated through the activity tables. 
There was a wide spectrum of projects, 
including making butter, planting seeds, 
making clouds in a soda bottle, and 
playing money bingo. 

"Each student had to create their own 
activity and write an education plan," 
explains Professor Maynard. "I was 
really just a facilitator. They brain- 
stormed as a group and worked through 
it by themselves. They deserve all the 
credit for organizing and making the 
day such a success." 

"It was great seeing the kids have such a 
good time and we had a blast doing it. It 
made learning how to teach math and 
science fun," says Mike. "My project 
used balloon rockets and was designed 
to explain the difference between poten- 
tial and kinetic energy. As we blew the 
balloons up we discussed potential ener- 
gy and I tied math in by making them 
estimate how far a balloon would fly. 
As we released them (kinetic energy), 
I could see the girls get excited. I really 
enjoyed it." 

Besides the activity tables, there was 
also a grab bag. "Each senior brought in 
items for it," explains Mike. "In keeping 
with my energy theme, I put in yoyos 
and slinkies." The students also made a 
giant bar graph with canned food and 

later donated the cans to the Newton 
Food Pantry. 

"I loved it," exclaimed a scout as she 
left the fair. "Mommy, don't forget about 
this next year." '«' 

Robin Lowe '06 explains how to make butter to a group of junior Girl Scouts. The girls then 
got to taste their creations. 

Spring 2006 

Lasell Leaves 7 

Connected Learning 

"Shoulder to Shoulder" Program Widens Scope 

Grants Enable Faculty Members to Conduct Research 
and Reach Out to Mexican Communities 

I never knew I would be involved 
in such intimate and meaningful 
community service," reflects Fashion 
Professor Jill Carey. "I went on this 
year's alternative spring break to study 
traditional Mexican dress, to collect 
garments for Lasell's Museum 
Collection, and to enhance the multi- 
ail rural aspects of the Fashion History 
courses I teach. What 1 wasn't prepared 
for was the total cultural immersion that 
took place and the intense connection 
that was formed between our faculty, 
participating students, our Mexican 
partners, and all the people we met 
and worked with." 

January 2006 marked the fourth year of 
Lasell's service-learning trip ("Shoulder 
to Shoulder") to Veracruz, Mexico. The 
program has grown from a total of five 
students in 2003 to 11 this year. 
Through grants, faculty participation 
has also grown, enabling them to inte- 
grate into their classes what they have 
learned and thus affecting many more 
students than those who actually partici- 
pate in the trip. 

This year Professors Jill Carey and Tessa 
LeRoux traveled with the group, as did 
Brennan Librarian Lydia Pittman. "I 
have always been interested in promot- 
ing literacy in developing communities, 
and starting a library collection for our 
Mexican partners seemed a natural fit," 
says Lydia. 

In December, as part of their service 
learning experience, this year's 11 
"Shoulder to Shoulder" students helped 
Lydia organize a book sale. "We raised 
$1,300 and sent the money to an 
account we had established in Mexico. 
The rural elementary school in Coatapec 
had told us what types of books would 
be most useful to them," explains Lydia. 
"Besides children's books, they also sug- 
gested books on cooking, sewing, and 
woodworking that would serve as 
resources for the families. 

(L to R) Principal Beatriz Sanchez and 
Lasell Librarian Lydia Pittman look at the 
hooks that were donated to the Coatapec 
elementary school. 

(L to R) Costume historian Miguel Velez 
and Professor Jill Carey discuss the intri- 
cate details of Mexican folkloric dress. 

"I went on a shopping trip a few days 
after we arrived and we picked out 300 
books and a bookcase. We also bought 
transparent covers and labels so that the 
books can be protected and inventoried. 
The families there don't have strong 
borrowing and reading habits, so we 
need to follow-up and make sure that 
the books are used properly." 

Sociology Professor Tessa LeRoux had 
gone on the trip two years ago and 
returned this year to complete her 
research. "In 2004, 1 was accompanied 
by two sociology majors who spent 
much of their time interviewing the 
Mexican women," recalls Professor 
LeRoux. "Last year Professor Helen 
Alcala did 30 hours of follow-up 
interviews with these women. I then 
analyzed and compiled all the informa- 
tion for a presentation in March 2005 
in Mexico City to the Committee on 
Family Research, a wing of the 
International Sociological Association. 
It was a unique opportunity to interact 
with scholars who are doing their 
research on Latin American women. 

"In Coatapec, the economy is shifting 
from coffee to sugar production and the 
changes are deeply affecting the lives of 
women. The eradication of the coffee 
bushes not only has environmental 
effects but also cuts deeply into the tra- 
ditional way of life. Women used to pick 
the coffee beans from the bushes that 
grew close to their homes, with their 
children staying close by. Because of the 
physical nature of caning, combined 
with the lack of child-care options, they 
now have to turn to domestic work. 

"I hope that the students bring back an 
understanding of the social forces that 
shape lives. When doing community 
service, there is a moral responsibility 
that comes along with it," concludes 
Professor LeRoux. 

During the spring semester, Professor 
Carey's "History of 20th Century 
Fashion" class and Professor LeRoux's 
"Introduction to Sociology" class are 
putting together a fundraising exhibit 
that will open in May. The cultural 
and historical connection of Mexican 
clothing will be tied in with student 
papers that cover related social issues. 

"We hope that this exhibition will help 
provide an understanding of the rela- 
tionship between traditional Mexican 
dress and how clothing and decoration 
are symbolic of this unique and rich 
culture," says Professor Carey. •>' 

A Growing Web 

Past Groundwork Leads to Future Projects 

"As we grow closer each year to our incredible Mexican partners, the more 
they share with us and the more our projects expand." says Foreign Language 
Professor Helen Alcala, the driving force behind "Shoulder to Shoulder." 
"We are hoping to be able to continue this trend. 

"This year, because of our four-year connection with Cregorio Romero Nestor, 
we were able to go to his remote indigenous village located high in the moun- 
tains above Nogales. To help support themselves, the women there want to 
learn dressmaking and embroidery skills. With a great deal of pleasure, we 
presented a sewing machine to four women who will form a 'teaching team' 
and impart their skills to the others. A second machine is being held in 
reserve by Gregorio, and eventually he will pass it on to another group of 
women who will also become teachers. This is an example of how a little 
money can go a long way," says Professor Alcala. 

Donations' Far Reach: 

$250 Half of what it costs to take a student to the service area 

$100 Material and hoops for the sewing and embroidery project 

$ 65 A small, efficient wood-burning stove 

$ 50 Metal to repair the kitchens where stoves are installed 

$ 35 Tank of gas for the truck that takes students to service sites 

$ 5 Pipe for new stove 

If you wish to learn more, email Professor Alcala at 


The Lasell group shares in the excitement of the presentation of the new sewing machine to 
the village teachers. 


Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2006 

Connected Learning 

Past Trustee Board Chairman Backs Film 

Award Winning Documentary Highlights 
Child Trafficking in the Golden Triangle 

(L to R )Patty Zinkowski, past Trustee Board Chairman, and her friend Jenny Stevens 
prepare to hand out informational material before the film begins. 

It's all about the kids," says Patty 
Zinkowski, of the movie "Daughters 
and Sons — Preventing Child Trafficking 
in the Golden Triangle." Patty served 
as Chairman of Lasell's Board of 
Trustees from 1996 to 1998 and 
returned to campus this fall to share 
her experiences with the College. The 
members of Professor Tessa LeRoux's 
Women's Studies class were particularly 
interested, as three of her students had 
recently done a presentation on the 
countries involved. 

"When I traveled to Thailand at the 
urging of Jane McBride, my co-producer, 
I was hit in the face by what was happen- 
ing to these young children who are 
being sold into prostitution. We wanted 
to do something that would highlight 
their plight and build awareness," 
explains Patty. 

The Golden Triangle encompasses 
the northern corner of Thailand, Laos, 
and Myanmar (Burma) and this is 
where the victims of the trafficking 
reside. The majority of residents of this 
area are hill tribe people who don't have 
legitimate citizenship. They have 
migrated here with the false hope of 
finding jobs but end up without access 
to education, healthcare, or legitimate 
work opportunities. 

Brothel owners comb the area, promis- 
ing families that their financial worries 
will be eased by selling their young 
daughters for money. "Some of the girls 
are as young as six and once they are 
taken they lose everything that is of 
value to them," explains Patty. 

Returning from her first trip to 
Thailand, Patty sent out an email blast 
to everyone she could think of, asking 

(L to R) Chelsea Comeau '08, Taylor Staubach 'og, and Leah Robinson '08 display the 
poster they created of young Thai women for their Women's Studies class. The photo fades 
from color, to grey scale, to a black hole that represents all the girls that have disappeared 

into the abyss of child trafficking. 

for clothing donations. "We went back 
with trunks," she recalls, "but we want- 
ed to do something that would bring 
more attention to the problem. That's 
when we came up with the idea of 
making the film." 

While in Thailand, Patty met Sompop 
Jantraka, Nobel Peace Prize nominee 
and director and founder of the 
Daughters Education Program (DEP). 
Jantraka opened the DEP Center in 
1989 because he was convinced that 
an opportunity for education and job 
training in a sheltered environment 
would reduce the chances of young 
girls becoming prostitutes. 

The documentary focuses on three 
children who live at Jantraka's center. 
Their touching words bring to life 
what they have escaped and their new 
hopes for the future. "If s a testament 

to the power of one," says Patty. 
"Jantraka has saved these children 
and we hope that the film will enlighten 
and inspire viewers." 

The questions from the audience follow- 
ing the film testified to its effectiveness 
and to the value of connected learning. 
Said Professor LeRoux, "Chelsea 
Comeau '08, Taylor Staubach '09, and 
Leah Robinson '08 had just made a 
presentation on this topic, focusing on 
child trafficking and the agencies that 
are trying to bring about change. Patty is 
a very compelling speaker and her film 
brought immediacy to the problem and 
expanded the students' grasp of the seri- 
ousness of the situation." '« 

First Year Students Recognized 

Diane Donatio Memorial Prize for Excellence in Essay Writing 

Krofessor of English and Communica- 
tion Diane Donatio constantly fostered 
her students' passion for writing and 
creativity and they immediately respond- 
ed to her enthusiasm and guidance. 
When she unexpectedly passed away 
last spring, the Diane Donatio Memorial 
Prize for Excellence in Essay Writing was 
established in her memory. 

"Although Diane loved teaching all 
her courses, she particularly enjoyed 
teaching Writing 1," says English 
Professor Mimi Reddicliffe. "She always 
encouraged students to do their best. 

And because of Diane's belief in them, 
students wrote essays of which they 
were extremely proud. 

"As the English faculty read all of this 
year's essays to decide which would 
receive awards, one faculty member 
said, 'If Diane were here, she would 
have wanted to give every student an 
award because she would have found 
something great in each essay.'" 

This year's first prize went to Erica 
Desautels '09 for her essay Pole 
Vaulting. Second prize went to Maggie 

Mathews '09, and third prize was 
awarded to Chanyong Pak '09. 

"Diane would feel honored to have a 
living memorial in her name that offers 
encouragement to students striving to 
become proficient writers," continues 
Professor Reddicliffe. Contributions 
to this ongoing project can be made 
by contacting Dean for Institutional 
Advancement Ruth Shuman at «' 

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(L to R) Director of First Year Writing 
Carole Center and English Professor 
Mimi Reddicliffe stand with essay winners 
Chanyong Pak 'og, Erica Desautels 'og, 
Maggie Mathews 'og and Professor Diane 
Donatio's uncle, Albert Donatio. 

Spring 2006 

Lasell Leaves Q 

CampUS Update 

A Night to Remember 

Lasell Students Take Top Honors at Philippe Starck Fashion Competition 

The garments designed by nine Lasell students for the Starck fashion show were all exceptional, and two were award winning. 

I was so proud of the nine Lasell stu- 
dents who participated in the high profile 
fashion show and competition, 'Boston 
apres Starck,' sponsored by the French 
Library," says Fashion Professor Lynn 
Blake. "The theme was garments that 
reflect the philosophy of the famous 
Parisian industrial designer Philippe 
Starck and the students threw themselves 
into the project wholeheartedly. 

"To have seniors Tessa Brazel and Avari 
Thomas be awarded first and second 
place was an unbelievable ending for the 
spectacular evening. And, the icing on 
the cake was that Tessa won a trip to 
Paris and Avari received tickets to 
Montreal so that she could attend 
Fashion Week there." 

"I was in awe," recalls Avari. "I thought, 
'Did we really win?!' Then the tears 
came. I was so proud of myself. What a 
crazy night." 

Tessa had a similar reaction. "When I 
heard my number called out as the win- 
ning design, I flipped. I was extremely 
nervous the day before the competition 
while pulling everything together. By the 
time the show actually began I was 
numb, and that made winning all the 
more unbelievable." 

It took a lot of time and hard work to 
get to the moment of judging. Professor 
Blake learned of the competition in late 
May, after the students had left for the 

(L to R) Victoria Zaleski 'og, Maggie Mathews 'og, Professor Stephen Fischer, Camille 
Gillman '08, Christine Maturo 'oy, Professor Becky Kennedy, (front row) Laura 
Notarangelo 'og, Erin Van Alstyne '06, Alisha Autiello '08, and Kelly Pelletier 'og. 

#\t the initial planning meeting for the spring edition of "Polished," Lasell' s student- 
driven fashion magazine, students and faculty exchanged ideas. "We've expanded the 
focus of this issue and I'm excited by the high quality of student participation," says 
Creative Director Stephen Fischer. "We want to give special thanks to Harriet (Honey) 
Markham Wedeman '48, our publisher. A generous benefactor to the College, the 
"Polished" staff is grateful for her support." »' 

summer. "I didn't hesitate calling the 
girls to see if they would give up some 
of their vacation time," she recalls. 
"To be asked to participate in such a 
prestigious event and to compete head 
on with students from Massachusetts 
College of Art and the School of 
Fashion Design was an opportunity 
we couldn't miss." 

The group met many times over the 
summer. They watched videos about 
Starck and reviewed the contest's design 
criteria: the garments were limited to 
the colors white and orange and were to 
reflect Starck' s functional principles of 
design. At subsequent meetings, the 
students critiqued each other's drawings 

and discussed fabrics. "We became very 
connected to each other," recalls Tessa. 
"The harder we worked, the more real 
the competition seemed." 

"I greatly respect this lovely group of 
young women who represented the 
College with grace, poise, sensitivity, 
and integrity. Our success is a clear 
example of the power of connected 
learning," says Professor Blake. 
"These students went beyond what 
was required of them. They researched 
and examined this project from all 
possible perspectives and exhibited 
industry level performance. They 
deserve recognition." e 

Graphic Design League of Lasell is Formed 

(L to Rj Danica Huppe '06 and Sylvie Norian '06, members of the newly formed 
Graphic Design League (GDL), stand with their work at the December art show in the 
Wedeman Gallery. 

For the Graphic Design League's (GDL) first show, students were asked to submit 
two-dimensional artwork and a panel of faculty and student GDL members selected 
the pieces that were shown. The GDL of Lasell was formed this past fall to encourage 
a spirit of unity and collaboration in the graphic arts community on campus and to 
promote connected learning experiences for students with the larger communities of 
Boston and beyond. * 

IO Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2006 

CampUS Update 

Archives Addition Catalyst for Other Library Improvements 

By Allyson Gray, director, Brennan Library 

Summer of 2005 was a time of major 
change for the library. But it began way 
before that. Go back with us to the 
beginning of our long association with 
Jean Michael Petersen, class of '39. She 
volunteered in the library for 20 years 
doing all kinds of jobs. In 1986, we 
began to transform our collection to one 
that could be circulated on a computer 
and Jean was there. She helped put 
"barcodes" into each book. In 1989 we 
began to put electronic strips into each 
book to deter theft and Jean was there. 
Jean Petersen came faithfully every 
Monday morning to help us. When the 
electronic strips project was complete, 
Jean began to volunteer her help in the 
Archives. She did this for 10 more 
years. Because Jean was there, she knew 
first hand how crowded our Archives 
were. That was the beginning of her 
idea to build an addition to the Archives 
in the area that at the time was a roof. 

In 1999, Jean asked the President if he 
could include the Archive's expansion 
in the renovations for the Winslow 
Academic Center. President de Witt 
liked the idea, but the estimate for the 
cost of such a project ($100,000) would 
have meant not finishing the Winslow 
Academic Center and building the elec- 
tronic classrooms. He put the idea on 

the list of future projects. Jean was 
undeterred. At the 2004 annual Holiday 
Party, Jean announced to President de 
Witt that she would give us the 
$100,000. When the cost, as construc- 
tion always does, rose, Jean made up the 
$30,000 difference. We would have a 
beautiful room and new furniture to go 
in it, thanks to Jean. 

As President de Witt said at the dedica- 
tion of the new Archives room, her 
decision to fund the Archives expansion 
with a $130,000 gift was transformative. 
That gift was the catalyst for so many 
other changes. One of the major ones 
was the library carpet. Perhaps some of 
you recall the 30 year old torn and 
patched-with-duct tape carpet on the 
second floor of the library? Our book 
collection, consisting of 18 bookcases 
21 feet long covered that carpet. Do you 
know how we moved those 11,000 lin- 
ear feet of books so that we could install 
a rug? There is a machine, a little "cater- 
pillar forklift," that is used by libraries. 
This little caterpillar can lift a fully 
loaded book case 21 feet long and 6 feet 
high. It picked up the bookcases and 
moved them over to one side while the 
new rug was installed on the other side. 
But we didn't stop there. The President 
heard that the students needed study 

President de Witt toasts Jean and Clint Petersen at the opening of the new addition to 
the Archives. 

rooms and since we were going to be 
moving bookcases, he reasoned, "why 
not complete the move and make room 
for the study rooms?" The library staff 
moved a third of the collection to the 
first floor to give us one whole section 
of empty space to build the study 
rooms. An anonymous benefactor gave 
a gift to name the study rooms in mem- 
ory of Helen L. Beede '21. 

On November 18, 2005, we celebrated 
the many changes in the library — new 
carpet, rearranged books, and four new 
study rooms. And most important of 
all, our new Archives space had new 
furniture and looked every inch an 
appropriate space to have people use 
the Archives collections. '« 

logo's Draped Garment Exhibit 

Costume Society of America Symposium 

(L to R) Julie Flemming 'oy, Janelle Moynagh '07, Meagan Cann 'oy, Tessa Brazel '06, 
Holeigh Filkins '06, and Katie Kleinberg '06 were participants in Professor Jill Carey's 
History of 20th Century Class's "1930's Draped Garment Exhibit." 

History of 20th Century Fashion requires students to install an exhibit, a project that 
requires them to use their fashion design, research, and marketing skills. This year, 
instead of using pieces from Lasell's Museum Collection, the students decided to 
showcase 12 garments from the 1930s that had been created in Professor Lynn Blake's 
draping class. Research papers accompanied each piece and the students also created 
a CD of historical facts voiced over 1930s music that ran while the exhibit was open. '*>' 

The team whose project was "Curves of the Sheath Dress: Representing a Study on Female 
Costume of Ancient Egypt" is in the above photo: (L to R) Christina DeLuca '08, Kara 
Donahue '08, Heather Delos Reyes '08, and Nyndia Diligent '08. 

'Underwritten by a Davis Grant, Professor Jill Carey's Fashion History class attended 
a symposium titled "What is Disguise? Authenticity Versus Deception in Dress & 
Appearance," presented by the Costume Society of America at the Peabody Essex 
Museum. Teams of students had written papers relevant to this topic and three groups 
were selected by Professor Carey to continue on to a student research forum at 
Framingham State College. "It was a tremendous commitment in terms of mentoring, 
but to see students achieve at this level was a career defining experience," says 
Professor Carey. "They did an incredible job and were presenting along side of people 
who were doing their dissertations." lg 

Spring 2006 

Lasell Leaves II 

Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence 

Professor Clemencia Chiappe Shares her 
Expertise and Experience with Lasell 

Professor Clemencia Chiappe 

I his year the Social Sciences department 
is very fortunate to have Fulbright Scholar- 
in-Residence and Sociology Professor 
Clemencia Chiappe as part of its team. 
She has a full schedule, which includes 

teaching two courses each semester, but 
she is always happy to take some time to 
discuss the beauties of her home country, 
Colombia, and its capital, Bogota. She will 
also tell you that she is the one who is 
benefiting the most from the Fulbright 
exchange. "I am learning every day," she 
exclaims. "I am discovering how to con- 
nect with students from another culture 
and I am truly enjoying every minute of 
my New England experience." 

Professor Chiappe has always been curi- 
ous about the world that surrounds her, 
and has spent considerable time doing 
public service and international work. 
After receiving her undergraduate degree 
in sociology from the Universidad 
Javeriana in Bogota, she headed to the 
University of California/Berkeley for her 
M.A. in Education. "Looking back, I think 
my temperament is more New England 
than Califomian. In Bogota, we are more 
reserved. The Latino blood is more evident 
in the coast and the valleys of Colombia. 

Like Californians, they are the ones that 
know how to move," she laughs. 

Always open to new challenges, in 1983 
Professor Chiappe decided to leave her 
teaching post at Universidad Javeriana in 
order to join the World Bank. "When I was 
based in Washington D.C. I did not have 
an American experience. I traveled 60 per- 
cent of the time and my work took me to 
the Portuguese-speaking countries of 
Africa, to Asia, and to Latin America." 

As a World Bank officer, she helped coun- 
tries shape education and health projects 
and was involved with early childcare and 
education for mothers. "We were con- 
cerned with the concrete matters that go 
into an educational project — what type of 
training was necessary for the teachers, 
what text books were needed. We had to 
put the pieces together, budget, and then 
implement the programs," she explains. 

After 10 years, she returned to Colombia. 
At the request of the newly elected mayor 
of Bogota, she was appointed director of 
the city's public television station. There 
she researched and implemented cultural 
and educational programs to be used 
in the schools. She also implemented 
programs where the average citizen 
could participate — a place where the 
citizens could express their ideas, make 
their requests from government, and 
communicate among themselves. "Public 
television should be like the Agora for 
the Greeks," she says. 

Professor Chiappe is now enjoying her 
return to teaching and her Fulbright expe- 
rience. "I never tire of watching, and love 
the interaction with my cohorts and my 
students. Communication is so impor- 
tant. We must all learn how to open our 
hearts and minds." e 

Professor Stephen Sarikas Publishes Anatomy and Physiology Textbook 

Por Professor of Science Stephen 
Sarikas, Ph.D., publishing a textbook 
called "Laboratory Investigations in 
Anatomy & Physiology" (Benjamin 
Cummings) has been a labor of love — 
though it took five years to complete. But 
today Dr. Sarikas is one happy published 
author, and his Lasell students and col- 
leagues are proud of him! 

"I've been working on it for ages now," 
he reports about what started as a 
hand-made lab book designed to aid his 
students. "It began as a small in-house 
project when I started compiling hand- 
outs for students in 1996. 1 didn't have 
any intention of publishing it; it was 
something I created for my students. 

"But in 2000, when I went on sabbatical, 
I started adding a lot of additional infor- 
mation and one day I looked at page 
numbers, and I was stunned to see that 
there were more than 300. I realized then 
that I was writing a book." 

Having never done a book before, 
Professor Sarikas sought the advice of 
a sales rep for Benjamin Cummings. 
It was she who spurred him on. "She 
encouraged me to submit a proposal," 
he says, still somewhat amazed by 
the process. 

Dr. Sarikas wrote the proposal, included 
writing samples and illustrations, and 
"I sent it off without any real confidence 
that it would be accepted." 

Then, "one day in my office," Dr. Sarikas 
recalls, "I got a call from the vice presi- 
dent of the Applied Sciences division of 
Benjamin Cummings in San Francisco 
who liked what I had sent and wanted 
me to sign a contract. In classic 
Hollywood movie style, Benjamin 
Cummings flew Professor Sarikas to 
San Francisco to discuss the terms and 
conditions of publishing his book. 

That was in 2001, and once Dr. Sarikas' 
signature was dry on the contract, the 
real work started. "The book has gone 
through a remarkable transformation 
since I began this project," he reports. 
"Still it represents the essence of what 
I envisioned. Now, it's just more of a 
balanced product." 

He had focused originally on anatomy 
before realizing that he needed to include 
more physiology for balance. "Although 
the author is the 'director' of the book, 
and writes it and has a certain vision of 
it, and even selects the art to support 
that vision, the manuscript does go 
through many rounds of peer review 

and publisher scrutiny." Colleagues all 
over the country were given chapters 
to read by the publisher and asked to 
critique them. 

"You have to have a thick skin to go 
through peer reviews," he concedes. 
Although his were relatively painless, 
reviewers can get too picky and even 
nasty. "My reviews were pretty good. 
They liked the writing style and thought 
the organization of material was good, 
but there were a few who weren't con- 
structive in their reviewing... I weighed 
the opinion of some more heavily than 
others. But it really helps to take your ego 
and put it in the closet when those peer 
reviews come in. You need to have an 
open mind and be flexible. 

"My motivation as an educator was to try 
to put together the best project I could for 
my students." But, the publisher is in 
business to make money and wants to 
transform the book into a marketable 
commodity. As a result, Dr. Sarikas did 
endure some typical publishing frustra- 
tions, including three changes of editors 
that meant procedural transitions for the 
fledgling author. But overall, he admits, 
the process was relatively painless. 

Professor Stephen Sarikas 

"Yes," he concedes, "it was well worth 
it. In terms of time and complexity, it 
involved more time than my dissertation 
writing process required," he says. "But 
now that it's done, I have a lot more 
free time!" 

Dr. Sarikas will probably be appearing 
at various publisher tradeshows to 
represent and promote the new book. 
Can the Oprah show be far behind? V 

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Spring 2006 

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Louise Newell Audette writes, "I am 
going on a 7-day cruise to the Caribbean 
with my sister. It is a health and fitness 
trip through AARP for seniors." 


An update from Midge Jones Joslyn: 

"I am in good health and turned 91 

in December. I have been married 

twice and am a widow. I have three 

children, seven grandchildren, and 

three great-grands." 


"Hope to see you at our 70th reunion," 
writes Dorothy Paine Chaucer. "My 

children and grandchildren keep me 
interested." Dorothy and her husband 
celebrated 62 years together. 

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Flo Kent Parks has a new great-grand- 

Our sincere condolences to Arlene 
Wishart Sylvester on the death of her 
sister in November. 

Faye Wadhams Smith is still bowling 
twice a week and doing volunteer work. 


Our sincere condolences to Marie 
Dunston Murray on the death of her 
husband, Donald, in June 2002. 

Frances Shepard Pilkington proudly 
boasts, "Still driving, have my own 
teeth, and can read the newspaper 
without glasses!" 



Nancy Bailey Black turned 85 in 
December. She says, "I still play golf 
several times a week. I hope my grand- 
daughter will attend Lasell in 2009." 

From Londonderry, NH, Edythe 
MacDonald Dowd is pleased to 
report good health and independent 
living. She is an active member of 
the senior center and enjoys her four 
great-grandchildren . 


Janet Lowe Kammire would love 
to attend reunion weekend but her 
granddaughter is getting married 
in Texas that same weekend. 


"Still hale and hearty," writes Ruth 
Bowlend EckhofF. Ruth holds the 
position of secretary on the Board 
of Directors in her community. She 
says, "I am using the skills I learned 
at Lasell." 

Our sincere condolences to Betty 
Polhemus Davies on the death of her 
husband, Karl. Betty says, "I keep busy 
with community activities and family." 

After her husband died two years ago, 
Elaine Robins Albert sold her home 
and moved to an independent living 
situation. She says, "I love it here and 
keep busy all day with bridge, the 
fitaes s center, and many activities." 

Georgia Stamatos Critsley and her 

husband, Anthony, have decided to 
retire from the jewelry shop they own 
and run in West Roxbury, MA. Georgia 
is not sure if they will close the store or 
sell it to someone, but she would like to 
see it stay open. Their retirement plans 
are still uncertain. "Most likely, we will 
pack a suitcase and go somewhere." 


Our sincere condolences to Patricia 
Bixby McHugo on the death of her 
sister, Geraldine Bixby Averill '41, 

in January. 

Virginia Collins Canavan announces the 
birth of her first great-grandchild, a boy, 
born in February 2005. 

Our sincere condolences to Priscilla 
Spence Hall on the death of her 
husband, Allen. 


Ruth Blaisdell Simmons visited with 
June Carew Mange and her husband 
last summer, and Ruth frequently sees 
Marjorie Wing Berry and her husband. 


Betty Bagnall Woidyla was sorry to miss 
her 60th reunion, but was unable to 
travel at the time. She says, "It amazes 

me to read of the new Lasell with men 
and women. It was also nice to read 
about Sue Slocum Klingbeil helping 
out with the gathering. We were 
good friends." 

Lindy Ford Marsh and Virginia 
Amesbury Stone '38 recently took 
a drive through the Lasell campus. 
Lindy writes, "We were amazed and 
impressed with it all." 


"The 60th reunion is coming up in 
May for the Class of 1946. How excit- 
ing," writes Lynn Blodgett Williamson. 
We wish Lynn a speedy recovery from 
knee surgery. 

Raemary Chase Duryea continues to go 
to Palm Desert, CA, for the winter and 
plays lots of golf. 

Mary Jane Magnusson Megroz is enjoy- 
ing her 11 grandchildren. She spends 
time in her homes on Long Island and 
in Larchmont, NY, and goes to Puerto 
Rico for two months. 

Jean Watson Wetricris son who has 

been in Bahrain for 10 years should 
be coming home soon. Jean has four 

Meri Zanleoni Goyette "is 80 going on 
40," according to an article written 
about her in the local Nashua, NH 
newspaper. "Throughout her adult life, 
Meri has been a tireless promoter of 
the needy, the underprivileged, and the 
unsung." Her latest success was the 
Salvation Army /baseball fundraiser 
in December. 


Betty Carter Steele and her husband 
both turned 78 in 2005. She says, "At 
present, we are pretty well for a couple 
of old fogies." Betty remains active in 
her local historical society, her church, 
and the senior center. Any spare time, 
she spends writing, and she also 
belongs to a local writer's group. Betty 
and her husband have slowed down as 
far as traveling. Last January they 
spent a week in the Florida Keys, 
and every month they visit Betty's 
mother who is turning 100 and lives 
in New Hampshire. 

Jeanne Franklin Bates is still living in 
her home in Dennis on Cape Cod but 
spends the winters in Naples, FL. 

"Just returned from London aboard 
the Queen Mary II," writes Mary-Ida 
Hanson Olson. "Fabulous! I feel so 
fortunate to be able to travel this way." 

Joyce Hayes Whitman is an active 
volunteer. She drives for "meals on 
wheels," reads to pre-nursery school 
children at the library, and is the 
recording secretary for the Friends 
of the Library. 

From New Port Richey, FL, Jean 
Morgan Koenitzer writes, "With all the 
hurricanes, I have been doing mission 
work for the survivors. It is so sad." 
On a happier note Jean says, "I am glad 
Lasell is doing so well. I enjoy hearing 
all the news." 


"Thanks to the efforts of the Stanford 
Medical Center staff, I am back on my 
feet after coping with toxic shock," 
writes Carol Galligan Mas sard. 

June Smith Noreen enjoys her solar 
home in Meredith, NH. She says, 
"It works well even in our snowy, 
northern winters." 


An update from Lucile Merrill Birch: 

"We keep busy in our quiet way in 
Lyme, NH. My hobbies include growing 
orchids, caring for canaries and finches, 
reading, gardening with help from the 
pros, cooking for my spouse who loves 
to eat, and photography. I turn photos 
into cards and calendars for family and 
friends. We get quite a bit of living into 
each day. Cheers to one and all." 

Joan Wolfe Wickham writes, "My 
husband and I happily continue to 
visit with Gene Starrett Anderson and 

her husband in Florida and Cohasset, 
MA, three times a year." 

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Lasell Class Notes Y\ 

Class Notes 

Class 0/1950 

In June, four members of the Class ofig*jo had a mini-reunion in Newport, RI. They 
all agreed it was a wonderful visit. (L to R) Astrid Selander Fowler, Betty Maclnnes 
Deal, Anne Mastin Egner, Lois Schaller Toegemann. 



Nancy Frank Marks and her husband 
went on a cruise to Tahiti and South 

Marjorie Gilbert Knipper's family is 
having a reunion, and 80 people are 
expected to attend. Marjorie proudly 
boasts that several family members 
attended Lasell: Emma Gilbert Carver 
'45, Nancy Hawk Gilbert '54, Dorothy 
Gilbert Williams '56, and Patricia 
Gilbert Sherwood '57. 

"Sorry I missed our reunion, but there 
were pressing family needs," writes 
Elizabeth Kerrivan Davidson. "While 
I missed being there physically, I was 
there in spirit." 

Our sincere condolences to Barbara 
Schnelle Orton on the death of her 
husband in June. 

Astrid Selander Fowler, who lives 
in Newport, RI, hosted Lois Schaller 
Toegemann, Betty Maclnnes Deal, 
and Anne Mastin Egner for a wonderful 
day of lunch, shopping, and sightseeing. 
A few weeks later Astrid had lunch with 
Joanne Kelley Peters. 

Carmen Welch Clark and Naomi Cox 
Santoro met for lunch to celebrate 
Naomi's birthday. Carmen says, "We 
still giggle a lot." 


Kathleen Ballard Heck has two grand- 
sons who graduated college, and next 
year two more grandchildren will be 
in college. 

"Sorry I will not be able to attend our 
55th, but I will sure be there in spirit," 
writes Sallyann Bartlett Bassett. 
"Best regards to the wonderful Class 
of '51 alums." 

"I'm here in the state of Washington 
since December," writes Priscilla 
Freeman McCartney Martin. Regarding 
her new marriage, Priscilla says, "Our 
3000-mile courtship began when 
Dick came east to see old friends in 
Connecticut a year after his wife passed 
away. We have many things in common 
including four children each. I don't 
know a thing about Seatde or the north- 
west, but when it is clear and you can 
see Mt. Rainier, it's wonderful." About 
reunion, Priscilla says, "I plan to come 
on Saturday." 

"Can't make the 55th but will be think- 
ing of you all and remembering the 
wonderful times we had," writes Rae 
Harrington Blum. 

Barbara Jankowski Rusch writes, 
"My mom moved to an assisted living 
place in NY. It is nice to have her five 
minutes away." 

Our sincere condolences to Joan 
Kearney Cormay on the death of her 
husband, Ted. Joan moved from Weston 
to Duxbury in December. 

Charlotte Kelley Campbell retired after 
a 52-year career as a dental hygienist. 
She received the Outstanding Alumni 
Award in June 2003 from the Forsyth 
School of Dental Hygiene in Boston. 
She was also the first recipient of the 
Outstanding Member Award presented 
by the Tulsa County Dental Hygienist 
Association in 2003. Charlotte and her 
husband have three daughters and n 
grandchildren. She is looking forward 
to attending her 55th reunion at Lasell. 

"Enjoying life to its fullest," writes 
Charlotte Killam Wild. 


After her husbands death in 2000, 
Mary Blackham Williamson remarried 
in 2003. She writes, "I now have a new 
life. We have 17 grandchildren. I love 
living on Cape Cod and especially enjoy 
tennis and golf." 

Our sincere condolences to Jane 
Corbin Post on the death of her 
husband, George. 

Mary Ann Donahue managed to 
squeeze in a two-week vacation to 
Mexico. She says, however, that Shirley 
Vara Gallerani and Peter's anniversary 
party on Martha's Vineyard was the 
highlight of her spring. 

Elsie Knaus Klemt writes, "Enjoyed an 
all-too-brief encounter with Martha 
Guhring Gremley (a co-Draperite) in 
the Charlotte, NC airport as we both 
awaited flights to Asheville — she to 
visit her daughter and me returning 
home after visiting mine." 

An update from Mary Thomas Justice: 
"We sold our home in Sandwich on 
Cape Cod and moved to Florida to be 
near our youngest daughter and her 
family. We had a great house with a 
swimming pool, a lagoon, and our own 
alligators. But Florida was not for us, 
and we missed New England. We 
moved back to Sandwich at the end of 
April 2005. Much must be done to our 
new home which is smaller, but there 
are only the two of us and our two 
small dogs. I miss my lovely garden 
at the old house, so now we must 
begin again." 


Thelma Greenberg Florin is a 

member of the Lasell College Board 
of Overseers. 

Carole Mattucci Wall became a Florida 
resident this year but will still spend 
summers in her house on Cape Cod. 
She plays lots of golf and visits her chil- 
dren and grandchildren in New Jersey. 


Judy Caswell Allen writes, "Sorry I can't 
be there for the 50th, but I'll be think- 
ing of you." 

Our sincere condolences to Cleo Giantis 
Bamford on the death of her husband. 


"Still love Florida," writes Cynthia Clark 
Rose-Frazee, despite that she is still 
repairing the damage done from 
Hurricane Charlie in August 2004 
and the slight damage from Hurricane 
Wilma in October. 

Caroline Killam Moller visits her 
daughter in England once a year and 
her daughter visits Caroline in 
Connecticut in August. Of her trip 
to Austria, Caroline says, "great music 
and scenery." 

Lori Rounseville Sanford proudly 
announces, "We now have a dairy farm. 
There's tons of work involved." Lori is 
also enjoying her four grandchildren, 
ages 13, 10, 8, and 2 years. "They are 
teaching me so much." 


"After many years of fabulous jobs, I 
am now doing the most rewarding one," 
writes Judy Butler Weppel. "I am the 
manager of a shop that supports a 
domestic violence shelter." 

Our sincere condolences to Jan 
McPherson Pretto on the loss of her 
husband, Bill. 

Meade Simpson Fasciano is the 
new chair of senior associates at the 
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is 
working with 450 active volunteers. 
Meade says, "I love the job." 

From Naples, FL, regarding Hurricane 
Katrina, Gail Winalski Burd gives an 
update, "We came through fine. Our 
daughter and two granddaughters, 13 
and 11, were visiting from Oregon. It 
was the first hurricane for them. We 
lost our electricity at 5:30 a.m. and 

Class of 1958 

Class of 1958 had a "fun" mini-reunion at Jeanne Bradner Morgan's home in North 
Carolina. Back row (L to R) Carol Christopher from Denver, CO; Terry Brake 
Lanhamfrom Hilton Head, SC; June Valter Harding from Williamsburg, VA. 
Front row (L to R) Bobbie Cummings Taylor from Rye, NY; Jeanne Bradner Morgan 
from Hickory, NC. 

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Spring 2006 

Class Notes 

ventured out at 10 a.m. to find lots of 
trees, branches, and debris everywhere, 
storm sewers dogged, and streets 
flooded. We all survived a category 3, 
and now the girls have memories to 
pass down." 


"We had a nostalgic trip back to 
Stockholm in August 2005 to visit our 
oldest daughter," writes Marty Grearson 
Herbert. Martha had lived there for 35 
years but had not been back in eight 
years. She says, "This meant a house 
count of 11 — two of our three children 
and five grandchildren. A time to be 

Joan Sycle Norwitz and her husband 
moved to a condo in Rockville, MD. 
Joan says, "Our house was too large for 
just us. But our children seem to 
boomerang home. Our two daughters 
each bought a unit in our same build- 
ing. With them and with two of our 
grandchildren here, it sometimes feels 
like we are doing the dormitory thing." 

From Punta Gorda, FL, Carolyn Wood 
Brox writes, "We had no damage from 
Hurricane Katrina. We did run away 
with friends to Alabama, and it took 
12 hours to make the trip. We still do 
not have gutters on our house, and 
they have been sitting in our driveway 
for months." 



"Hello nursing classmates from i960 
(nursing 1961). I am looking forward to 
our nursing reunion in May," writes 
Polly Bergstrom Barnes. 

Barbara Jacoby Adelstein and her hus- 
band moved to Shrewsbury, MA from 
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY. Barbara says, 
"My retirement will be busy with time 
spent with grandchildren." Barbara 
keeps in touch with Leya Oro Cohen. 

Class 0/1960 

Faith Bowker-Maloney was concerned 
how the tsunami affected former 
Converse friend, Sawani Thongchua 
Israsena, who lives in Thailand. After 
a year of not hearing from her, Faith's 
daughter, Erin, visited Thailand, and 
was able to contact Sawani and meet 
with her. Sawani and her family are 
all well. One of her sons lives in 
Germany. Her other son and daughter 
work in Bangkok and live at home. 
(L to R) Erin Moloney and Sawani 
Thongchua Israsena. 

Michele Poirier Gorman and Frank, her 
husband of 41 years, met her brother 
and his wife in Venice and toured 
throughout Italy together. Michele says, 
"It was the vacation of a lifetime." 

Martha Yerkes Eustis and her husband 
have lived in Greenwich, CT for 36 years 
and have two children. Martha says, 
"Being grandparents is the best!" 


Our sincere condolences to Judith 
Bantleon Lawrence on the death of her 
husband last year. They had been mar- 
ried for 42 years. Judith continues to 
work as a clinical research nurse coordi- 
nator in neurology at the Mayo Clinic. 

Carol Brooke Cudia lives in Venice, FL, 
and works in real estate. 

"I look forward to attending the 45th 
reunion of the Class of '61," writes Sally 
Cabral Crowe. 

"We sold our home in Hingham, MA 
after 40 years," writes Barbara Davis 
Delano. "In the spring we will be 
moving to a life-care community in 
Charlton, MA." 

Regarding the 45th reunion in May, 
Laura Jensen has this to say: "Fellow 
class members from each house will be 
calling to encourage everyone to join in 
the fun. You'll be receiving a letter in the 
mail giving more details. If you have 
any ideas, please let me know. We want 
to make this the best reunion ever!" 

Our sincere condolences to Carole 
Kirschner Wilson on the death of her 
step-father. Carole is now working for 
Arbonne International, Inc. She did 
some traveling in the Caribbean, went 
through the Panama Canal, and then to 
Costa Rica. 

Carole Lamson Burpee says, "I had a 
great visit with Ginny Wollinger Fisher 

while visiting Seattle. 

Pat McKinnon Williams and her 

husband live in Wakefield, RI, and 
spend three months of the winter in 
their condo in Ft. Myers, FL. Pat 
volunteers at South County Hospital 
in Wakefield and is president of the 
Hospital Auxiliary. 

Linda Norwell Coburrfs remarriage in 
August 2005 added two grandchildren 
for a total of seven. Linda keeps in 
touch with Georgia Beaumont 
Tramontano and Val Duval Pettinicchi. 

Class of 1962 

Nancy Martin Phelps and Carol 
Swanson Evans got reacquainted 
at the Cape Cod October 2005 
alumni event. 


Hurricane Katrina brought together 
former freshman roommates from 
Bragdon 3 — Marcia Madden Heist and 
Elaine Sproul Belham. Marcia writes, 
"Elaine and I kept in touch over the 
years, and she lives 10 blocks from the 
ocean highway in Gulfport, Mississippi. 
Through a variety of postings on the 
internet, I found that Elaine and her 
husband were safe. Then Elaine and I 
worked together to connect our church 
communities to help Katrina victims 
in Gulfport. 

Class 0/1960 

The Class of 1960 led the dancers at Reunion '05! 

Dee Orben Campbell writes, "We had a 
wonderful trip to England and Scotland. 
I'm looking forward to more trips. Hi 
to all." 

For six months a year, Linda Strecker 
Thorn and her husband live aboard 
their lobster cruiser, "Sea Smoke," and 
travel the intra-coastal waterway from 
Florida to Rhode Island. In the winter 
they live in Florida. 


Our sincere condolences to Bette 
Cole Greene on the sudden death 
of her husband. 

Bonnie Hankin Cohen continues to 
work as a visiting nurse. She attended 
the alumni trip to Tanglewood in 
August and loved it. Bonnie celebrated 
her 40th wedding anniversary and has 
seven grandchildren from 2 months to 
8 years. 


Patricia Perry Polidor writes, "I am still 
enjoying retirement and all of the time 
it allows me to read, cook, walk, and 
travel. I am also thoroughly enjoying 
my two grandchildren." 


Sheila Fish Millard and her husband 
are on the move again. They rented out 
their home in the UK and moved back 
to Chapel Hill, NC. She writes, "We 
hope to do some traveling within the 
U.S. and Canada and to finally get back 
to Bermuda to visit some friends." 

Pam Hill Costa keeps busy helping with 
the grandkids (she has two), quilting, 
knitting, and traveling. She and her 
husband spend January and February in 
Ormond Beach, FL. They take shorter 
trips during the rest of the year. 

"Our 40th reunion was wonderful. The 
years just disappeared," writes Virginia 
Pedrick Searle. 


Betsy FitzGerald Donovan writes, "I'm 
very busy in the chemistry and chemical 
biology department at Harvard 
University. I thought academia would 
have a slower pace, but no such luck. 
My lab does DNA repair, and we're 
hoping to link that with cancer cures." 


In 1994, Gini Beecher became the first 
woman in New Hampshire's history to 
serve as Director of Motor Vehicles and 
continues to do so today. In her spare 
time, Gini enjoys spending time with 
her family, traveling, playing the piano, 
and reading. 

Heather Hines Peterson continues to 
run a medical management company 
that provides medical case management 
services. She is looking forward to 
retirement in a few years. 

Kathleen Wright enjoyed a visit with 
Sue Halewood Crosby and her husband 
who stopped by on their way home 
from Hawaii. Kathleen says, "I took 
them on my special tour of wonderful 
San Francisco." 

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Class Notes 


Cindy Dowd Wallace returned to 
Massachusetts to direct the Blue 
Cross/ Blue Shield corporate childcare 
program in Quincy. She says, "I contin- 
ue to be a passionate early childhood 
educator." Some of Cindy's accomplish- 
ments: Alumnus of the Year at Granite 
State College, completed a three-year 
term on the New Hampshire State 
Board of Education, and first early 
childhood educator to be invited by a 
New Hampshire governor to serve on 
the board. 

Dale Tufts Yale operates a legal assistant 
consulting business concentrating on 
municipal permitting. She has two 
grandchildren, ages 3 and 1. 


In September, Janet Sheffer Kerney was 

in Seattle for the Falcons/Seahawks 
game. Her son, Patrick, plays for the 
Atlanta Falcons (Defensive End #97). 
She says, "As a result, we travel lots in 
the fall." While in Seattle, Janet had 
dinner with former roommate, Carol 
Peck Wojchowski. 



Georgia Marshall Fallas is a hospice 
nurse in southern California. She has 
been married for 23 years and has two 
sons, 18 and 20. 

An update from Susan Younger 
Niederman: "My husband, Jay, and I 
have been married for 35 years. We 
lived in New Hampshire near Aviva 
Davis Thaler '69. I am a retired speech 
pathologist. We have a married daugh- 
ter and a son who is getting married 
this spring. 


Barbara Barbieri McGrath is well known 
for her counting and spelling books. 
"The M&M's Brand Counting Book" 
sold more than a million copies. Other 
of her books feature Pepperidge Farm 
Goldfish, Cheerios, and Necco's hearts. 
Her latest book, "The Little Green 
Witch," tells a story based on her own 
family's Halloween experience. After 
Hurricane Katrina, Barbara led a drive 
in the town in which she lives, Natick, 
MA, to donate books to communities 
hit by the hurricane. The drive netted 
thousands of books sent to communi- 
ties from Biloxi to Gulfport. 

Kristin Cooksley Magnussen is pursu- 
ing an MSN in nursing education at 
the University of Hartford. Kristin 
says, "My son, a college sophomore, 
thinks I am way too old to be back in 
school, but I am having fun except for 
nursing theory." 


Dianne Manning Stark is a clothing 

buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston. 


Our sincere condolences to Lynn 
Alyanakian Lowrey on the death of her 
mom, Ojenie "Ginny" Chinian 
Alyanakian '48. 


Becki Moe Kay lives in New Canaan, 
CT, where she sells real estate and 
"loves it." Her daughter just began 
college, and her son is in high school. 
Becki says, "I love hearing about all the 
developments at Lasell. Keep up the 
good work." 


Class 0/1967 

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Jane Cormuss visited the Lasell campus 
in October to deliver a lecture in 
Professor Joe Aieta's Existentialism 
class. Jane says, "I was in the same 
room in which I had taken this same 
class more than 25 years ago." After 
class, Jane lunched with her friend, 
Jeanne Johnsen '72, Lasell College 
Director of Support Services in the 
Office of Institutional Advancement. 
Jane is now working as publications 
manager at Boston University's School 
of Public Health and finishing her mas- 
ter's degree in religious and theological 
studies. "Thanks to Joe Aieta," she says, 
"I continue to enjoy pursuing the life of 
the mind." (See page 19) 

"I take pride in helping make business 
expansions become a reality in 
Massachusetts," says Lynn Tokarczyk. 
As president of her own business, 
Business Development Strategies Inc. 
in Medway, MA, and in her jobs with 
the Massachusetts Office of Business 
and Development and the accounting 
firm of Ernst & Young, Lynn has helped 
more than 300 companies take advan- 
tage of government incentive programs 
and attracted more than $3 billion in 
new private investments to the state. 


Wendy Bosse Alexopoulos is a regis- 
tered nurse who has been working in 
critical care for the past 10 years. She is 
married and has two children, ages 6 
and 8. Wendy says, "I would love to 
hear from my classmates. I live in 
Hanson, MA." 

Class 0/1983 

The Class of 198} held their second 
annual Misquamicut, RI, reunion. 
(L to R) Joan O'Connor, Sue 
Senofonte Preis, Julia Schaum Oriole, 
Caroline Knoener-Skowronek, Lisa 
Adams Edwards 

Christine Perry Ryan is a stay-at-home 
mom and has four children, ages 10, 
twin 7-year-olds, and 2. She says, "I 
am looking forward to going back to 
work soon." 


Our sincere condolences to Stacy Shriro 
Mocciaro on the death of her infant 
twin sons, Daniel and Payne. 

Class 0/1968 

Two alums and their spouses enjoyed a two-week tour of Italy. Pictured in photo 
in Venice is Sue Ahearn Costa and husband, Dave, Sue Halewood Crosby and 
husband, Richard. 

The plan was for the Class of 1968 Nason house alums to meet in Aspen, CO, and 
climb over a mountain to Crested Butte. However, an avalanche blocked the trail. 
Instead, the women enjoyed gourmet dining, shopping, hiking, biking, swimming, 
horseback riding, jeeping, rafting, attending a rodeo, riding a gondola, and 
paragliding. Of course, talking and sharing life experiences happened throughout 
the week. When all was over, they left smiling. Their friendship began 37 years ago 
when they met at Lasell. (Alphabetical order) Mamie Ewart Bacot, Patricia 
Torbron Geoghegan, Jan Jacobs Hyde, Jackie Hojfmeier Lard, Stephanie Pendleton, 
Carol Spindler Picciano, Anne Kusik Roush, Ann Sterner Tyler, Libby Wissman 


Lasell Class Notes 

Spring 2006 

Class Notes 



Bari Schwartz Perales writes, "Hey /all. 
My husband and I moved to South 
Carolina in 1997. I am a stay-at-home 
mom for my two handsome sons, ages 5 
and 6, and my 2-year-old daughter. I 
keep busy with my children's school, 
being a soccer mom, and all the fun 
mom stuff." 


Carrie Lempke Braxton recently 
received her Certified Meeting 
Profession (CMP) designation. She 
is among 120 people in the state of 
Michigan to have received this designa- 
tion. Carrie is currently employed as a 
Tradeshow and Event Planner for the 
Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors 
Bureau. She lives in Detroit with her 
husband and two daughters. 


Nicole Positano White is working as a 
training and construction manager for 
Buckley Air Force Base in Denver. She 
says, "I love living in Colorado." 

Jami Zaiatz Stebbins and her husband 
live in Middleboro, MA. She says, "I 
absolutely love all that I have gotten to 
experience by being a stay-at-home 
mother. It is truly my calling." Jami 
has a son and a daughter. 


An update from Michelle Miller Smith: 
"I married my high school sweetheart, 
and we opened an Italian restaurant 
together. We recently bought a house, 
and I started a family day care. We are 
hoping to have kids after my business is 
fully established." 



Pierre Francois started a small business 
with a few of his colleagues. It is a full- 
service talent agency that provides local 
colleges and corporate entities with 
professional performers to make their 
events memorable. 


An update from Gus Batista: "I have 
worked for Ford Motor Company as a 
marketing and sales manager for two 
years. I live in Orlando and travel 
through most of the state of Florida. 
I don't plan on going back to Boston 
anytime soon. Once you got a taste 
of Florida living, you don't want to 
go back." 

Melissa Damas writes, "I am doing 
accounting for the Office of Technology 
Development at Harvard University. I've 
been there for 2-1/2 years, and I love it. 
I also have my own website where I sell 
all kinds of items. And last, I work in 
promotions, where I help people 
learn how to make money from their 
own home." 

Lacey Stegmaier Keogh and her hus- 
band just moved back to Boston after 
living in Arizona for three years. 

Our sincere condolences to Jarrod 
VanDerwerken on the death of his 
father, Stephen, in August. 


Annette LaFleur, former Miss Natick 
1996, was selected to participate in the 
Miss Massachusetts USA 2005 Pageant 
in November. Annette wore some of 
her own fashion designs in the pageant. 
For the past two years, she has been 
working as a clothing designer for the 
US Army. 

Class of 2003 

Former Class of 200} Lasell roommates, Manu MacNamarra (second from left) and 
Ashley Seybold visited Manu's grandparents, Overseers Joe and Honey Markham 
Wedeman '48 in Hawaii. 


Angela Mandarini is a national 
accounts project manager for Reflex 
Lighting in South Boston. She distrib- 
utes lighting fixtures for a variety 
of retailers. 

Margaret Rodriguez is in a Master's 
Degree program in psychology at 
Springfield College. 


Maha Al-Shoaibi is working at the 
Center of Communication and Rhetoric 
at Effat College in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 
She writes, "How is my lovely Lasell? 
I miss it all." 

Jason Lively is the Catering and 
Retail Supervisor for Sodexho at 
Lasell College. 

Tarah Martell is an independent apparel 
designer. In December, her clothing 
was modeled at the annual Capeway 
and Greater Bridgewater Junior Miss 
Scholarship program. 

Get Ready for Reunion Weekend! 

May 19 - 21, 2006 

For details check 

Spring 2006 

Lasell Class Notes 17 

Class Notes 


Priscilla Freeman McCartney '51 to 
Richard Martin on December 3, 2005 

Sarah Norko '87 to Roland St. Denis on 
April 27, 2002 

Stacy Shriro '88 to Michael Mocciaro on 
April 27, 2002 

Tracy Jennings '97 to Joseph Ragan on 
September 24, 2005 

Allison Johnson '98 to Charlie Nelson 
on June 12, 2004 

Deirdra Benson '00 to Michael Lynch 
on July 9, 2005 

Kimberly Sipple '04 to Jared Boorky on 

June 4, 2005 

Tomoko Yasukawa '05 to Adam 
Diamond on October 9, 2005 


Sarah Norko St. Denis '87, a son, Drew 
Joseph, on June 18, 2003 

Jami Zaiatz Stebbins '96, a daughter, 
Amelia Frances, on August 19, 2005 

Beth Van Patten- Steiger Stockenberg 
'98, a son, Caden James, on May 14, 


Evelyn Virginia Suor Butterworth '27 

on January 9, 2006 

Ruth Rohe Smith '31 

on December 23, 2005 

Dorothy Wickham Marquis '31 

in March 2005 

Helen Champane Trook '32 

on November 24, 2005 

Dorothy Taggart Krumsieg '32 

on January 19, 2003 

Althea Ward Currier Weatherhead '32 

on December 4, 2005 

Amorette Larchar Skilton '33 

on September 24, 2005 

Helen Gibbs Dodd '34 

on November 15, 2005 

Betty Jane Allenbaugh Weller '35 

on October 12, 2005 

Priscilla Wood Caverly '35 

on November 9, 2005 

Mary Hoit McNerney '36 

on November 12, 2005 

Elizabeth Kenney Farrington '36 

in June 2005 

Hilma Williams Alger '37 

Anna Cody Litde '38 

in April 2005 

Jean Randall Dockham '38 

on November 12, 2005 

Ruth Conklin Anderson '39 

on January 8, 2006 

Margaret Fish Allsopp '39 

in May 2005 

Jean Shaw Keary '40 

on December 28, 2005 

Geraldine Bixby Averill '41 

on January 10, 2006 

Sally Knight Maison '41 

on November 8, 2003 

Mary Kulos Topulos '41 

on July 3, 2005 

Eleanor Miller Payne '41 

on December 13, 2005 

Elizabeth Schwartz Davis '42 

Marion Shirley Wellman '42 

on March 13, 2005 

Ruth Dungan '43 

on November 30, 2005 

Elizabeth Magee Shaw '43 

on August 6, 2005 

Evelyn Nurkiewicz Nicholas '43 

on August 26, 2005 

Dorothy Bensinger Meyers '44 

on December 21, 2005 

Theresa Di Sesa Gaspari '44 
Carolyn Buck Scheerer '46 

Barbara Roedel Hall '47 

on March 6, 2005 

Barbara Verchot Pierpont '47 

on April 7, 2005 

Ojenie "Ginny" Chinian Alyanakian '48 

on November 25, 2005 

Dorothy Davis Farese '48 

on December 29, 2004 

Natalie Hall Campbell '49 

on February 3, 2006 

M. Patricia Mosher Schorer '49 

on October 5, 2005 

Julia Parker Haas '49 

on April 15, 2005 

Mercedes Cuetara Kavanagh '50 

on November 23, 2005 

Elisabeth Pinto Maver '50 

Jean Aslaksen Podimsky '52 

on February 11, 2005 

Janice MacClain Trigo '52 

on October 18, 2004 

Joan Kelly '53 

on October 16, 2005 

Ann Heyman '55 

on October 23, 2005 

Janice Engstrom Barbato '56 

on October 29, 2005 

Barbara Allen Bibbo '58 

on September 18. 2004 

Jacqueline Brown '58 

on December 6, 2005 

Katherine Morakis Pappas '59 

on July 14, 2005 

Anna Natsis '59 

on September 1, 2005 

Ann Mcintosh Mello '61 

on September 10, 2005 

Janet Morrice Novak '61 

on November 16, 2005 

Dennis Sughrue x-'o2 

on July 20, 2005 

Dr. Bettina Hall Harrison, 
former faculty, on August 23, 2005 


Lasell Class Notes 

Spring 2006 

Allimni Relations 

Alumni Giving Back 

Sharing Expertise on Campus 

lane Cormuss '80 visited campus in 
October to deliver a lecture in Professor 
Joseph Aieta's Existentialism class. "Joe 
remains a very dose friend from my 
years at Lasell, first as a student and 
then as a colleague, and I am honored 
to participate in the class. In fact, I 
realized this year that it was the very 
same room in which I had taken 
Existentialism with Joe more than 25 
years ago! That was a bit of a stunning 
realization, I must admit." 

In November, students interested in 
applying to law school attended a pro- 
gram co-sponsored by the Justice 
Studies program and the Office of 

Professor Joe Aieta and Jane Cormuss '80 
interact with the students in his 
Existentialism class. 

Jane has returned over the years to lec- 
ture in the Existentialism class each 
time it is offered, and has also taught 
philosophy courses at the College while 
in graduate school at Boston University. 
Now she is busy working full time as 
publications manager at BU's School of 
Public Health and finishing her mas- 
ter's degree in religious and theological 
studies. "Thanks to Joe," she says, "I 
continue to enjoy pursuing the life of 
the mind." 

In addition to joining the Existentialism 
class, Jane lunched with Jeanne Johnsen 
'72, Director of Support Services, while 
on campus and then visited the home of 
Dr. Donald J. Winslow, whose entertain- 
ing history of Lasell she edited while 
director of communications at the 
College. "All in all, it was a remarkable 
walk down memory lane," she says. '« 

(L to R) Leah Shoemaker '05 and Eric 
Knapp '05 share tips with interested students. 

Career Services. Criminal Justice majors 
Leah Shoemaker '05 and Eric Knapp '05 

were the featured speakers. Eric is 
currendy attending New England School 
of Law and he provided insights into life 
as a law student. For whom to live with, 
he said, "Don't live with friends. They'll 
distract you." About managing your 
budget, he said, "Don't worry. You won't 
have time to spend money on recre- 
ation." Also presenting was Erin Stewart 
from Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions. 
Erin provided an excellent step-by-step 
guide on how to apply to law school, e 

A Tisket a Tasket...A Fundraising Basket 

Lasell Alumni, Inc. is sponsoring a raffle of Theme Gift Baskets during 
Reunion Weekend to raise funds for the Alumni Scholarship Fund. 

Baskets will be displayed on the web site to allow 
folks to view them in advance. So get creative! Possible baskets include: 

Wine Basket 
Baby Basket 
Gardening Basket 
Cooking Basket 

• Movie Night Basket 

• Car Care Basket 

• Sports Basket 

• Spa Basket 

Chianti, Italy 

July 2-1 o, 2006 

with Alumni Holidays, Inc. 

I oin alumni 
from six other 
colleges and sit 
back, relax and 
imagine yourself 
reaping Italy's rich harvest of pleasures. 
Acquaint yourself with Chianti in the 
idyllic village of Marcialla. Ponder, with 
anticipation, the many regional wonders 
you are about to explore. Sip sublime 
white wines and soothe your palate 
with fragrant olive oils at Castello di 
Monsanto in the heart of Chianti 
Classico. Travel to Pisa and be perplexed 
by its whimsical Leaning Tower before 
continuing on to ancient Lucca. 
Meander through Tuscany's character- 
infused hill country, stopping to visit 
San Gimignano and the crystal-laden 
town of Colle di Val d'Elsa. Finally, 
admire the Renaissance wonders of 
the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, 
Piazza della Signoria and Piazzale 
Michelangelo in Florence, and Siena's 
Mangia Tower and Duomo. 

Approximately $2095, per person, plus 
air, based on double occupancy. V.A.T. 
is an additional $95 per person, subject 
to change. 

NOTE: The itinerary outlined is 
preliminary and subject to change 
due to operational conditions. 

Lasell Online 
Alumni Community 

Use the online directory to 
locate old college friends to 
get together before you start 
your vacation. Search the 
directory to see if there are any 
alumni in the area you plan to 
visit. Turn that "I didn't know 
you lived there" into an 
impromptu visit! Or maybe 
even get the inside scoop on 
visiting the area — what are 
the most fun restaurants or 
"local haunts" to visit. And 
don't forget.. .when you're 
finished with vacation. ..share 
your pictures!!! 

Members of 
the Lasell High 
School Class 
of l 942 

"Actually, we may have been the last 
High School Class at Lasell. We graduat- 
ed and I attended Smith College as a 
freshman that fall. All High School 
students lived in Hawthorne House 
at which Mrs. MacDonald was the 
housemother. Lights out at 10:15 P- m - f° r 
everyone and SHE did the room to room 
check personally. (Needless to say there 
were a few of us who used flashlights 
under blankets in order to study.) There 
was a smoking room — in the basement 
and smoking only allowed after dinner. 
Mrs. MacDonald was very regal and 
most proper. I recall distinctly her calling 
all "Hawthorne House Girls" to task 
when she stated, "Girls, a young lady's 
reputation is like a white silk handker- 
chief, to be peered at, but never soiled." 
(What a laugh that would be today.) At 
any rate, many of us have lived to tell the 
tale and never suffered from that superb 
experience. There were only about 12 
high school students in our class and, 
unfortunately, having come from Ohio 
and then on to Northampton, I lost track 
of them." Sherry Marks Tuck LHS '42 '»» 

Lasell Memory 

Dobbie R. Jennings '55 writes, "I have 
been communicating with several facul- 
ty and administrators from my era and 
have had such a great time hearing 
individual stories. Recentiy, Listy Smith 
(former College dietitian) told me a 
wonderful one about a housemother 
in the '40s. 

"One of Lasell' s housemothers went to 
Boston. It was during WWII and there 
were many young military men about 
the streets. This housemother was prob- 
ably in her 70s, but while most looked 
rather 'matronly,' this one was petite 
with a very nice figure, and she dressed 
well. As she was walking along, she 
heard footsteps behind her, so she 
increased her pace. ..and the footsteps 
also increased their tempo. Finally the 
young man came abreast of her, took 
one look, and said, "My God! I thought 
you was a chick!" * 

For more information, please contact Emily Alter, 
Assistant Director, Alumni Relations, (617) 243-2467 

Spring 2006 

Lasell Class Notes IQ 

Allimni Relations 

Alumni Giving Back - Prioritizing Female Education in Africa 

Barbara Rahner Reese '6o Works With Ambassadors 1 
Girls Scholarship Program 

■ rom the villages of Somalia to the city 
of Adis Ababa, girl's education specialist 
Barbara Rahner Reese '60 has been 
traveling for the Ambassadors' Girls 
Scholarship Program (AGSP) looking 
at schools in the sub-Sahara region of 
Africa. "The program is the key compo- 
nent of President Bush's Africa 
Education Initiative (AEI)," Barbara 
explains. "It is funded by the U.S. gov- 
ernment and managed by the USAID 
Africa Bureau and its aim is to address 
the constraints to girls' participation, 
retention, and achievement at school. 

"Our intent is to provide scholarships 
to needy girls," she continues, "and we 
target girls mainly at the primary level. 
By providing scholarships and mentor- 
ing, we hope to motivate girls to value 
education and develop the confidence 
to combat the pressures which lead to 
attrition. By scholarships, I mean any 
type of package that will encourage 
an identified girl to go to school. 
Many times it could be a uniform and 

shoes, plus textbooks and usual school 
items such as pen, pencils, and 
exercise books. 

"Once the girls are selected, they need 
to be placed in an educational environ- 
ment that includes lots of community 
participation. In fact, it should be the 
community that identifies the girls who 
qualify for the program. As I visit these 
countries, my job is to identify local 
non-governmental organizations 
(NGOs) who are interested in the 
girls and are willing to work with us 
in developing and implementing a 
culturally appropriate program." 

Barbara focuses on 15 sub-Saharan 
countries in East Africa. "What I have 
found so far is that across the board, in 
countries from Sudan to Rwanda, the 
girls are eager to learn, no matter what 
the environment. 

"Girls face barriers that not only include 
financial and opportunity costs, but also 

In Sudan, children and their teacher gather under a mango tree, which serves as their class- 
room. "We arrived without notice and they were actively involved in lessons, " says Barbara. 

In Garowee, Puntland, Barbara Rahner Reese '60 meets a woman who is in charge of an 
NGO that trains women to sew and have basic literacy lessons. 

socio-cultural factors such as early mar- 
riage, as well as the devastating impact 
of HIV/ AIDS. If family members con- 
tract the illness, girls often must leave 
school to tend to them or go to work to 
provide family income. But, as we travel 
to these areas we see how much they 
do want an education. For instance, a 
Rwandan girl told us that she wanted 
to be an aeronautical engineer! 

"The variety of educational infrastruc- 
ture is great, from studying under 
Mango trees in Sudan to buildings with 
libraries and dormitories in Tanzania, 
Rwanda, and Uganda. We also find 
alternative education centers such as 
one outside Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, 
whose students are girls that work in 
the neighborhood but their employers 
allow them to attend school for three 
hours a day. The 'teacher' is a young 
girl who is trained to guide the lessons 
along with a radio program that is 
broadcast everyday. From time to time, 
the 'voices' on the air come to visit 
the schools. 

"Additionally, harassment of girls is a 
big issue in all these countries and 
seems to be a theme that we are faced 
with, even though education is what we 
are trying to provide. In Gulu, Uganda, 
because of an ongoing war in the 
North, girls and boys are kidnapped to 
become child soldiers for the resistance. 
This threat causes the children to run 
into town every evening to sleep in 
hospitals and other public building 
basements for protection. They are 
known as the 'Night Commuters.' 
We have awarded 30 of these girls 
scholarships to a boarding school, 
where they can be kept safe." 

Barbara became involved with the 
Ambassadors' Program in 2004. Her 
group, a team of six, has been author- 
ized to distribute 83,000 scholarships 
throughout 15 countries, "But it's 
going to be one to one," she explains. 
"We want to see what happens to each 
particular girl." 

Part of the program includes having 
IT project members hold workshops 
to show people in the towns and villages 
how to use Excel. "It is essential that 
we keep track of names, grades, family 
status (whether the girls are orphans or 
living with their families). We want to 
see if the scholarships are making a 
difference and if a girl has progressed 
from primary to secondary school." 

Barbara's exposure to international 
communities extends back. "I spent 14 
years living overseas in Foreign Service 
communities: eight years in Indonesia, 
four in Egypt, and the remaining years 
in Tunisia and Thailand. During this 
time, I became aware of how different 
life is in the villages of developing 
countries. It led me to see how much 
we assume in our life and lifestyles in 
the U.S." 

Besides her busy present travel schedule 
and full-time work with the scholarship 
program, Barbara is also completing 
her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at 
American University, having received 
her M.A. in Applied Anthropology in 
Education from the University of 
Pittsburgh. "It all started at Lasell," 
she says. * 

2 O Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2006 

CampUS Update 

Overseer Focus Croups 

In the photo above (L to R) Overseers Joan Conradi McLaughlin '59 and Dr. Robin Parry 
meet with (front row) Aida Mejia '07, Cathee Hill 'oj and Marian Salama '08. 

Other students who participated are: Christina Aronne '08, Colby Gomiewicz 'oj, Holly 
Jobbagy '06, Christopher Nadeau 'oj, Bebitour Charles '07, Pierlyne Gerardin 'oj, Kelly 
Lynch '06 and Maria Thoebal '07. 

Under the leadership of Dr. Robin 
Parry, Chairman of the Board of 
Overseers, the Lasell College Board 
of Overseers has been organizing 
focus groups as part of a larger 
project that they are undertaking 
called "Friendraising to Fundraising." 
Members of the Board have been meet- 

ing with students to find out what drew 
them to Lasell and to discuss ideas 
about ways to assist students during 
their undergraduate years. They are 
hoping to hear from more students 
about programs/events that might be 
of interest to students before, and after, 
they graduate from the College. '*' 

I imber! In a windstorm last fall, a 133-year-old oak tree fell on Hamel House, 
the President's residence. It was approximately 40" in diameter and weighed in 
excess of 40,000 pounds. Fortunately, no one was hurt although the building did 
sustain some minimal damage. When the repairs to Hamel House are complete, 
the exterior will be as good as new. e 

Now an All-Season Surface 

FieldTurf Transforms Grellier Field 

If you are standing on Aspen Avenue 
between Studio Road and Forest Avenue, 
the scoreboard easily identifies that you 
are at Grellier Field, "Home of the Lasell 
Lasers." The field was officially named 
back in 1999 when then 50th Reunioner 
Nancy Curtis Grellier '49 and her hus- 
band Bill gave a generous gift to build a 
regulation size soccer field during 
"Lasell 150: The Campaign to Celebrate 
Lasell's Sesquicentennial." It was fitting 

that Nancy kicked the first ball at the 
ceremony since she was an athlete 
during her student years at Lasell. 
Nancy, who has served as a Trustee 
of the College since 1990, was a 
member of crew and a field hockey 
player back in 1948-49. 

On Saturday, April 1, 2006, Grellier 
Field will be re-dedicated in recognition 
of the generosity, once again, of Nancy 

Curtis Grellier '49 and her husband 
Bill. As athletic contests get more and 
more competitive, it became clear that 
Grellier Field needed a major facelift. 
The administration of the College decid- 
ed it would invest in FieldTurf and once 
again the Grelliers came to the rescue. 
Their generous gift of $100,000 was 
designated for this $750,000 project, 
which was completed in January. 

This time, at the re-dedication, Nancy 
will participate in the face-off for the 
women's lacrosse team against Western 
New England College. Once an athlete, 
always an athlete. What a wonderful 
way for a former athlete and an alumna 
to give something so special back to 
her alma mater. And just think how 
much the College will save on mowing 
the field! '« 

Once the drainage system was in place, the new FieldTurf was laid and Grellier Field was 
ready for play. 

Spring 2006 

Lasell Leaves 2 1 



CampUS Update 

Faculty Updates 

Associate Professor 
Stephanie Athey has 
been appointed as a 
Visiting Scholar 
at Columbia 
University's Center 
for the Study 
of Human Rights 
for the 2006 spring semester. 

Steven F. Bloom, 

dean for the 
School of Arts 
and Sciences, 
has become the 
president of the 
Eugene O'Neill Society, an organization 
comprised of scholars and theatre 
practitioners dedicated to promoting 
the study and appreciation of the life 
and works of Eugene O'Neill, one 
of America's greatest playwrights. 
Professor Bloom will fill a two-year term. 

Chief Information 
Officer Deborah 
Gelch reports that 
her Information 
Department ran two 
^M new online processes 
this year: online registration and online 
course evaluation. According to students 
and faculty, she says, "These two major 
projects were very successful." 

Raymond C. Guillette, adjunct faculty, 
Lasell College Graduate program, pre- 
sented at the National 2005 Conference 
for ACHE - Association for Contining 
Higher Education, in Madison, WI on 
the subject of benchmarking. The Title 
of the presentation was "Benchmarking: 
Graduate Student Services Project - 
Continuous Improvement." 

Melissa Martin is Lasell College's 2006 
Americorps*VISTA volunteer. A 2005 
graduate of 
Gettysburg College, 
Melissa majored 
in sociology and 
served there as a 
mentoring coordi- 
nator with the 
Center for Public Service. 


Lasell College 

Maryanne Conroy-Miller, director of 
the College's food service reports on 
"Cuisinvite," a pro- 
gram "we invented 
and that brings a 
little cooking lesson, 
cooking, and infor- 
mation to groups 
of students. It's an 
innovative program designed to create 
excitement in the dining room," she 
explains. "We invite the customers to 
come to a new experience and get 
students thinking about good food, 
where it comes from, how it gets 
prepared. The focus is on students, 
and it's educational, allowing employees 
to interact with students, highlight 
diversity, and provides an opportunity 
to showcase foods and menus from 
native countries." 

Marsha Mirkin, 

assistant professor 
of Psychology, 
Department of 
Social Sciences, 
co-edited (with 
Karen Suyemoto, 
and Barbara Okun), "Psychotherapy 
with Women: Exploring Diverse 
Contexts and Identities," which was 
released by Guilford Press last fall and 
was chosen as an alternate selection by 
the Behavioral Sciences Book Club. 

Marilyn J. Negip, has become the 
newest member of the Brennan Library 
staff, joining Lasell as its Archivist and 
Reference Librarian. With a B.A. in 
English from Sourthern Connecticut 
State University and a Master of Library 
Science from San Jose State University, 
Marilyn comes from Napa, California 
where she had the responsibility of 
opening a multi-million dollar library 
facility for Justin-Siena High School. 
She worked as the Library Director for 
Justin- Siena High School for four years 
and, while there, she helped in the plan- 
ning and furnishing of the 8,000 
square foot new library facility that 
included the school's first automated 
library system. She also managed the 
large archives collection of the school. 

Mimi Reddicliffe, 

Professor of English 
in the Humanities 
Department, pre- 
sented a paper, 
"Trauma and Terror 
in the Classroom: 
Documenting Student Response," at the 
31st Annual Florida State University 
Conference on Literature and Film, 
"Documenting Terror and Trauma." 

Suzanne Sweeney Reilly, senior 
lecturer in art history, Department of 
Humanities, is 
shopping around 
for a publisher for 
the book she just 
wrote, "A Red Tide 
in Winter," a cre- 
ative non-fiction 
memoir of her 12-year-old niece who 
died of leukemia. The young girl lived 
her last year in a hospital bed, but still 
traveled the world through art. 

Dean for 
Advancement Ruth 
Shuman spoke 
at a Women 
in Development 
Dialogue Program. 
Her presentation was titled "Negotiation 
Skills for Women: Creating Value in 
any Conversation." 

Lecturer Jarrod Van 
Derwerken '04 has 

become the first 
male to serve on 
the Alumni Board 
of Management. 

Director of Athletics Kristy Walter 
has been named as the 2005 Eastern 
College Athletic Association 

^fc (ECAC) Female 

Administrator of the 
year. The award was 
A hSElL. presented at the 
'CflUEKE annual ECAC Fall 
Convention in 
Hyannis, MA and is 
given in recognition of outstanding or 
meritorious service to the ECAC. 

Catherine Zeek, 

associate professor 
and department 
chair of the 
Department, was 
named one of 115 
outstanding alumni by the College of 
Education at Texas A&M University - 
Commerce, where she earned her 
doctorate. The honor was announced 
in connection with the University's 
115th anniversary celebration. * 

Lasell Adopts New Academic Administrative Organization 

Lasell's academic administration is 
being restructured, including elimina- 
tion of the three-school scheme that 
was established five years ago. The new 
organizational model will be implement- 
ed at the beginning of the 2006-2007 
academic year. 

A key aspect of the restructuring plan 
includes the establishment of two new 
positions, Dean of Undergraduate 
Education, a position to be held by Dr. 
Steven Bloom, and Dean of Academic 
Studies, to be held by Dr. Lisa Bortman. 
A third, one-year renewable position 
will be known as Faculty Advisor to the 

President for Business Ventures; it is 
designed to support entrepreneurship 
and new initiatives. The first person to 
hold this position is Associate Professor 
Richard Bath. 

"The arrangement of majors and depart- 
ments into separate schools was helpful 
to developing our reputation as a bac- 
calaureate, co-ed institution," says Jim 
Ostrow, Vice President for Academic 
Affairs. "But, as a practical matter, stu- 
dents orient to their majors, academic 
departments, and, of course, the profes- 
sors who instruct and advise them." 

The new organizational scheme is 
directed toward growing existing pro- 
grams and developing new ones, as well 
as working to strengthen support sys- 
tems that facilitate student retention. 

"The restructuring plan, which is 
designed to avoid duplication of effort 
or unnecessary bureaucracy, will sup- 
port maximum entrepreneurship and a 
commitment to academic excellence 
within the context of our connected 
learning philosophy," Dr. Ostrow con- 
tinues. "Additionally, the new academic 

administrative organization will 
facilitate study and assessment of 
the College's connected learning 
approach to teaching and learning. 

"We want faculty and the Chairs 
to feel a strong identity with their 
departments as well as with College- 
wide priorities and initiatives. 
We also want Department Chairs to 
be a single leadership body that has 
more frequent, direct access to the 
Vice President." * 

22 Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2006 

CampUS Update 

Lasell Master's Graduate Expands Capstone Project 

Course and Conference Will Cover Aging and Technology 

I never thought that the display 
topic that I created for my Social 
Gerontology class would lead to my 
being asked to put together a graduate 
course at Lasell," exclaims Cheryl 
Staskawicz, who received her MS in 
Management/ Elder Care from the 
College in May 2005. Now Cheryl finds 
herself balancing her job as Manager of 
Unquity House, an independent resi- 
dence for the elderly located in Milton, 
MA, with the responsibilities that come 
with organizing a syllabus and prepar- 
ing to teach a class. 

"I remember wanting to do something 
different for my display, and the topic I 
came up with was 'Assistive Technology: 
Will Baby Boomers Embrace It?' The 
more I explored the subject, the more 
I became intrigued. In Japan, over the 
next three years 25 percent of that coun- 
try's population will be 65 or older and 
they are planning for this explosion by 
building high tech retirement homes. 
The population of the United States is 
heading in the same direction, and I 
wondered how much attention has been 
paid here to technology products and 
the implications technology will have 
on the home." 

When Cheryl met with Professor 
Brewer Doran to discuss what she 
should do for her final capstone project, 
Professor Doran strongly recommended 

that whatever topic Cheryl chose, it 
should involve extensive research. 

While trying to pinpoint a subject, 
Cheryl met with Dr. Mark Sciegaj, direc- 
tor of the RoseMary B. Fuss Center for 
Aging and Intergenerational Studies, 
who suggested that as part of connected 
learning, her research could involve a 
survey that used the topic of her display 
board as its basis. Following his advice, 
the title of her capstone became "Is 
There a Need for Aging and Technology 
in the Higher Education Curriculum?" 

"While doing my research, I contacted 
universities across the United States 
and it was very interesting to talk to 
professors and compare their curricula 
to Lasell's. I discovered that we are 
way ahead. Many universities are just 
beginning to offer gerontology at the 
graduate level." 

When Dr. Sciegaj read all the informa- 
tion that Cheryl had amassed, he asked 
her to conduct an elective graduate class 
this spring on aging and technology. 
"This topic is so new that Lasell really 
has no place to benchmark itself 
against," says Cheryl. "I geared the 
course syllabus for healthcare and elder 
service professionals in the hopes that 
they will gain first hand knowledge that 
will play a role in reducing costs associ- 
ated with care. Robotics, telehealth, and 

telemedicine are some of the concepts 
that are being discussed." 

Under the auspices of the Fuss Center, 
Cheryl is also currently doing further 
research and transforming her capstone 
findings into a publication, which she 
hopes will be completed next year. 

"What I'm discovering is that the 
technology is changing weekly and there 
is so much opportunity in this field," 
says Cheryl. "Technology is going to 
affect positively the long term care 
worker shortages and our increased 
health care costs." 

To make the public aware of what is 
happening in this field, on May 17, 
2006 the Fuss Center will be holding a 
first-of-its-kind Aging and Technology 
Conference (see story on page 2). Cheryl 
is working closely with Dr. Sciegaj and 
Shannon Turner, housing manager at 
the Revere Housing Authority and 
Lasell elder care graduate student. 
Shannon is helping to coordinate the 
conference for her capstone project and 
has been focusing on marketing and 
lining up exhibitors. 

"Hosting events that highlight ways of 
enhancing the quality of life for older 
adults is part of the Center's mission," 
says Dr. Sciegaj. "This conference will 

(L to R) Graduate teacher Cheryl 
Staskawicz and graduate student Shannon 
Turner review organizational details for 
the May 2006 Aging and Technology 

be geared towards elder care service 
providers and will supply a lot of 
practical information. We are fortunate 
to have Dr. Joseph Coughlin, founding 
director of the MIT AgeLab as our 
keynote speaker, as well as four expert 
presenters, who will target the practical 
application of advanced technology 
for elders." 

"I think the conference attendees are 
going to be impressed by what a differ- 
ence technology can make," says Cheryl. 
"Our presenters are totally committed to 
the idea and philosophy of their special- 
ties and I think that the program that 
we are putting together is unique." 'W 

Maturing Baby Boomers the 

Graduate Student 

■ ive years ago, Kathleen Wolf was 
completing a gerontology certificate 
at UMass/Boston when she heard 
the buzz about the White House 
Conference on Aging. It was then that 
she made up her mind to try to attend 
in 2005. Held only every 10 years, the 
Conference has served as a catalyst for 
the development and enhancement of 
national, state, and local aging policies 
in the U.S. This year's conference was 
titled "The Booming Dynamics of 
Aging: From Awareness to Action." 

Kathy is now juggling her job as 
Program Coordinator at the Watertown 
Council on Aging/ Senior Center with 
being a graduate student at Lasell. 
"I knew that the Conference would be 
a source of valuable information for 
both areas. The list of speakers was 
impressive and I wanted to see what 
were considered the hot button issues," 
says Kathy. 

Hot Topic 

Attends 2005 White House Conference on Aging 

Being invited to the Conference is no 
mean feat and it took some doing for 
Kathy to be able to attend. "I tried 
being an at-large delegate and when 
that failed I put in my name as a volun- 
teer and also as a press representative. 
You should have seen me when I 
received the letter that announced that 
I was invited to come as a press rep 
covering Watertown Senior News. 
I've never worn a press badge before," 
Kathy laughs. 

This year's Conference was divided into 
six tracts: Planning along the Lifespan, 
the Workplace of the Future, Our 
Community, Health and Long Term 
Living, Civic Engagement and Social 
Engagement, and Technology and 
Innovation in an Emerging 
Senior/Boomer Marketplace. "Among 
the impressive list of speakers was Craig 
Barrett, the Chairman of the Board of 
INTEL Corporation. His topic was the 
future role of technology and I was 
glad to be able to share some of what I 

learned with Cheryl Staskawicz's Aging 
and Technology class (see story above)." 

Delegates arrive at the Conference hav- 
ing reviewed resolutions that reflect 
emerging issues, interests, and con- 
cerns from across the country. The duty 
of the delegates is to select the top 50 
resolutions that they believe are the 
most important for current and future 
generations of senior citizens. These are 
then pared down to 10 which are sent to 
the President and Congress to help 
guide national aging policies for the 
next 10 years. "This year, for the first 
time, conference members were respon- 
sible for also recommending an action 
plan, not just a list of 'problems,'" 
explains Kathy. 

"It was an opportunity to see what poli- 
cy issues are in the forefront — how 
they might be addressed and what 
solutions people have in mind," she 
continues. "I was able to meet interest- 
ing people who, like me, are concerned 


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with 'the age beat' Because of my job at 
the Watertown Senior Center, I was very 
interested in how people envision the 
centers of the future, particularly at the 
community or 'grassroots' level. I have 
decided that this will be a part of my 
Lasell capstone project and I will cer- 
tainly be using information I gathered 
at the conference." '* 

Spring 2006 

Lasell Leaves 2^ 

CampUS Update 

Using the Latest Technology 

Lasell Village is Focal Point 
of Web Conference 

Student- Athletes Lend Their Expertise 

Lasell Representatives Travel 
to NCAA Soccer YES Clinic 

Instead of "Lights, Camera, Action" 
it was "Log on. Adjust Headset, Sound 
Check, Go." Thanks to modern day 
technology, a web conference that had 
over 30 organizations from all over the 
country as participants took place in 
Dean Paula Panchuck's Village office 
this fall. There she and Gerard Badler, 
a marketing strategy consultant with 
Campus Continuum, facilitated a two- 
hour session titled "Capitalizing on the 
Campus Retirement Home." 



JhanL '■— **±** 

Dean Paula Panchuck and marketing con- 
sultant Gerard Badler at the computer at 
the start of the web conference. 

"This is very exciting," said Paula as she 
prepared for the conference, making 
sure she had a filled water glass nearby. 
"I know that even though no one will 
actually see me, I'll be using my hands 
when I talk. It's just the way I am." 

The conference was coordinated by 
Academic Impressions, a company 
located in Colorado. Through their 

website, interested parties could down- 
load the conference's informational 
brochure and register. 

Together, Paula and Gerard had created 
a Power Point presentation on the role 
and response of colleges to the interest 
of elders in learning during retirement 
and the establishment of college affiliat- 
ed senior communities in response to 
this demand. Its delivery was carefully 
choreographed, with the two taking 
turns speaking and the audience listen- 
ing live. The left side of the computer 
screen showed the Power Point slides, 
while the right hand side was reserved 
for participants to email questions. 

"It was hard to manage all the electronic 
communication," says Paula, "but we 
got great evaluation scores for both con- 
tent and speaker skills. During the Q & 
A session at the end, the questions ran 
the gamut, but particularly focused on 
the amenities and the education pro- 
gram at the Village. Participants from 
other higher education institutions were 
also curious about the benefits to Lasell, 
both financially and educationally. 

"Reflecting back, the conference 
made me appreciate what a good and 
informative presentation can be made 
electronically. I can see that it's a tool 
we might want to use again in the 
future. Perhaps, through the Fuss 
Center, we could try setting up some- 
thing similar." W 

1 1 was an honor to be selected by the 
NCAA to serve as an advisor for the 
NCAA Youth Education through Sports 
(YES) Clinics," says soccer Head Coach 
Giovanni Pacini. "And, it was great 
being able to select two Lasell student- 
athletes, Jose Calderon '07 and Tim 
Brennan '08, to accompany me to 
Greensboro, NC. Over the course of two 
days we had the opportunity to meet the 
other participants from across the coun- 
try, instruct underprivileged youngsters 
who are interested in the sport, and see 
some incredible soccer being played at 
the NCAA finals." 

The three headed down to North 
Carolina after Thanksgiving and spent 
Friday afternoon attending organization- 
al meetings with the other coaches and 
student-athletes, some of whom came 
from as far away as Minnesota and 
Kentucky. Every coach and student was 

(L to R) Tim Brennan '08, Coach 
Giovanni Pacini, and Jose Calderon '07 
pause before heading to North Carolina. 

then assigned to one of three groups: 
life skills, conditioning, or offensive and 
defensive play. On Saturday, over 100 
young athletes from greater Greensboro 
rotated through each of these areas. 

"Jose and I worked with Coach Pacini 
teaching the kids about defense and 
goalie techniques," says Tim Brennan. 
"It was a cold morning by North 
Carolina standards — only 50 degrees 
— so the smaller players were a bit 
reluctant, but we got them into it and 
going pretty quickly. It was great work- 
ing with inner city kids who don't have 
that much opportunity to be coached 
and seeing them have so much fun." 

"I selected Tim and Jose because they 
are good students and good players," 
says Coach Pacini. "More importantly, 
they also understand the importance of 
good citizenship and as they interacted 
with the kids, they personified it. I think 
we all learned something from the expe- 
rience while having a good time." 

After their coaching was done, the 
group had the chance to see the NCAA 
Division III semi-final and champi- 
onship games. "It was great to see the 
way top teams play," enthuses Tim. "It 
gives us something to shoot for. Soccer 
is a game I want to stay involved with, 
possibly coaching after graduation. 
My time in Greensboro reinforced 
this conviction." « 

Scheduled to be ready for occupancy this June, the sold-out new Village building will 
contain 16 units. 

2A Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2006 

Allimni Relations 

Message from Karen Gill, 
Director of Alumni Relations 

Office of Alumni Relations 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 
fax (617) 243-2383 
cell (617) 291-5786 

Dear Alums: 

It's time to rekindle those friendships 
that were so important to you during 
your time spent on the Lasell campus. 
Even if you have lost touch over the 
years, it's so easy to find those friends 
again — either through the Lasell 
Alumni Online Community 
( or contacting 
our office (617) 243-2139. The bonds 
that were formed then can only have 
been strengthened over the years 
through your mutual life experiences 
and what fun you will have swapping 

The most oft-repeated comment I hear 
from alums who have returned for 
Reunion is that, "I wish I didn't wait all 

these years to get back to Lasell — I 
didn't realize what I was missing." 

A quote I recently read (I don't know the 
author) is "although the past cannot be 
changed, the future remains untouched. 
It is up to each of us to mold it into the 
shape that best represents our future." 
So, don't wait until "someday" to 
reconnect with your important past 
relationships, do it today and make a 
plan to get together on campus for 
Reunion 2006! 



Karen B. Gill 

Director of Alumni Relations 

Message from the President 
of the Board of Management 

Lasell Alumni, Inc. 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2139 
fax (617) 243-2383 

Hello Lasell Alumni! 

Although this letter isrit printed until the 
spring, I am writing it shortly after the 
New Year. The holidays are behind us and 
we look to a New Year filled with anticipa- 
tion, hope and, of course, those New Year's 
Resolutions. Like many of you, I resolve to 
save money, lose weight, eat better — the 
same ones we commit to every year. 

This year, I chose a different resolution — 
to reconnect with friends. We each had the 
same thought on Graduation Day — 
"We'll always stay friends." "I promise to 
keep in touch." And inevitably, the real 
world hits. We focus on our career, get 
married, have children, move around and 
before you know it, those friends become a 
once a year holiday card. We've all been 
there. We've all said we should keep in 
touch more. And what better time to do 
that than right now? 

The good news is the Alumni Association 
is here to help. We want to know how you 
are, where you are, what you are doing, 
anything you want to share. Visit our web- 
page at There you 
will be able to see what's going on, post 
information on Class Notes and if your 
friends have signed up, you can easily 
reconnect with them. It will also give you 
updated information on alumni events 
where you can meet some different 
friends and catch up with the old ones. 
So lef s all try to stick with this resolution, 
you'll be happy you did! 


Parti Beck Bishop, Class of '97 

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2006 Alumni Directory - Harris Connect 
Directory is producing our 2006 Alumni 
Directory to be available in June, 2006. If you 
have not been contacted by them or wish to 
purchase a directory, please call Chris Kelly at 
(888) 672-5063 

Volunteer Reunion 

'31 - 75th Alumni Office 

'36 - 70th Phyllis Gunn Rodgers 

'41 - 65th Virginia DeNyse 

'46 - 60th Lynn Blodgett 

'51 - 55th Joanne Monahan 

'56 - 50th Peggy Schwingel Kraft 
Joan Raymond Healey 

'6i -45th Laura Jensen Hyer 

'66 - 40th Barbara Caron 
Mac Lean 

'71 - 35th Carol Coulian Stewart 

'76 -30th Diane Manning Stark 

'81 - 25th Amy Seeds Gonzales 
Kim Esparo Smith 

'86 -20th Alumni Office 

'91 - 15th Alumni Office 

'96 - 10th Marsha Greenstein 

'01 - 5th Lesbie Bramble 

Board of Management 


Patti Beck Bishop '97 

Vice President: 

Marsha Keyes Tucker '64 


Nancy Curtis Crellier '49 


Nancye Van Deusen Connor '57 


Aimee Abdallah '00 

Erin Andrews '00 

Jessica Anthony '98 

Urit Chaimovitz '98 

Ruth Turner Crosby '42/H'92 

Sharon Carley Fitts '62 

Nancy L. Goodale '66 

Jacqueline Paulding Hauser '50 

Deborah Lestch '95 

Kathryn Morgan Lucey '67 

Ann Mignosa '87 

Barbara Stickle Mode '47 

Joy Stewart Rice '55 

Gloria Drulie Schluntz '50 

Linda Telfer '60 

Jarrod VanDerwerken '02 

Lynn Blodgett Williamson '46 

Joanna Winslow 'oi 

Spring 2006 

Lasell Leaves 2K 


Alumni Relations 

Alumni Events 

Potomac, MD - Sunday, April 9 - 
Home of Kay Goodman Kline '61, 
3-5:30 p.m. 

Young Alumni ^ <") 

Gathering - (<Z P 1 R I T 


Spirit of Boston - 

Wednesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. 

Boston - "Wicked" 
at the Opera House 

Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. 

WEEKEND at Lasell College campus. 
Friday - Sunday, May 19-21 - All Alumni 
are invited to attend Alumni Weekend 
'06, especially those whose year ends in 
"1" or "6." 

" Sing for Your Supper" - Audition to 
win a "solo" performance with the 
New Philharmonia Orchestra as they 
perform "Lasell Night at the Pops" on 
campus. If you are the winner, your 
dinner and concert are free! 
(A $50 value). Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m. 

Nursing Reunion - Former head of the 
program, Connie Milner, will be in 
attendance. Saturday, May 20 at 2 p.m. 
on the Lasell College campus. 

Syracuse area, NY - Saturday June 10 - 
Lakeshore Yacht & Country Club 
11:30 a.m. 

Explore Chianti, Italy - July 2-10, 2006 
with Alumni Holidays, Inc. 

Red Sox at Fenway Park - 

Monday, July 17, 7:05 p.m., 
Dinner at Bertucci's 5:30 p.m. 

Cocktail reception at the home of 
Nancy Curtis Grellier '49 in Madaket 
on Nantucket Island, MA. Wednesday, 
July 19, 5 - 7 p.m. 

Red Sox at Fenway Park - 

Wednesday, September 6, 7:05 p.m., 
Dinner at Bertucci's 5:30 p.m. 

Cape Cod (South Sandwich) - 

Sunday, September 17 

Home of Barbara McAlary Kashar '60 

Connecticut Valley - Hartford area - 
September - TBA 

Northampton, MA 

Sunday, October 15, 3 p.m. 
Home of Martha Borawski '68 

North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly, MA 
"Hairspray" and Luncheon 
Sunday, November 19, noon.*' 

Alumni News and Events 



Throughout the year, the President and members of the Institutional Advancement 
staff travel around the country to meet with alumni from all class years at Lasell 
gatherings. It's a chance to meet and network with other alumni in your geographic 
area while also hearing the latest information about Lasell. Please contact the 
Alumni Relations Office if you can help to provide ideas, organize an event, etc. 
The office creates and mails all invitations. 

Past Events 


Nancy Curtis Grellier '49 hosted a reception in her summer home in Nantucket for 
Nantucket Lasell alumni in August 2005. (L to R) Lois Lincoln Dugdale 'jo, Nancy Curtis 
Grellier '49, Barbara Clark Owen '58. 

The Boston Symphony Orchestra presented an All-Mozart Program at Tanglewood in 
August. Two vanloads of alums traveled from Lasell to attend and joined other Western 
Massachusetts alumni. 

Assistant Professor Richard Dodds presented "The Nifty Information Technology Stuff 
Happening at Lasell" at an alumni gathering at the home of Jackie Hoffmeier Lard '68 in 
West Hartford, CT in September. 

In a continuing effort to educate Lasell 
alumni beyond the classroom, the Alumni 
Relations Office offered a Home Buying 
Seminar this past fall. The panel included 
a mortgage loan officer, an attorney, and a 
real estate agent speaking on all the impor- 
tant aspects of the home buying process. 

Topics included: 

• The different ways in which a realtor 
can work for you. 

• How to use the Internet in your 
home search. 

• How to choose the right 

• How you can purchase property 
with only $500 down. 

• How to get the best rate, avoid 
PMI and get more for your money. 

In addition to a delightful musical, the 
Full Monty, presented at the North Shore 
Music Theatre, alums were the guest of 
Jean Sargent Lee '49 at a brunch preced- 
ing the show in November. 

In October, Barbara Caron MacLean '66 
hosted an alumni gathering at her home 
in West Chatham on Cape Cod. Assistant 
History Professor Denny Frey presented 
"Connecting the Past to the Present. " 


Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2006 

Annual Fund 

from Noni Linton: 

Moving On 

Annual Fund Office 

1884 Commonwealth Ave. 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2165 
Fax: (617) 243-2383 

\w hen I arrived as the new director of 
Annual Giving at Lasell in the fall of 
1997, enrollment was just under 600 
women, the Board of Trustees had just 
voted to accept male students the follow- 
ing fall (1998), the Lasell 150 Campaign 
had not been announced, the newest 
building on the campus was the athletic 
center, we had only one playing field, 
Winslow Hall was the old gymnasium 
drastically in need of a facelift, and 
Lasell Village existed only on paper. 
Since that time, so much has been 
accomplished that it is fun to look 
back and marvel at all this growth in so 
short a time. It was an exciting period 
in Lasell's history. 

Now, however, it is time for me to move 
on. I will be retiring at the end of June, 
and, I hope, the end of yet another suc- 
cessful Annual Fund year. 

It has been a real privilege for me to 
be a part of Lasell during this exciting 
period. I have met and become friends 
with some remarkable women; alumni 
who are very proud of their Lasell 
education and of what their alma mater 
has accomplished under President 
Tom de Witt's leadership. I have spoken 
with countless alumni whose stories 
about their Lasell experiences are a 
delight to hear. The students who 
have worked in the Institutional 
Advancement Office and as Phonathon 
callers are wonderful ambassadors of 
the College — it has been a special 
pleasure to see them grow into caring, 

committed adults ready to begin their 
careers after they graduate. 

My colleagues in Institutional 
Advancement and throughout the 
College have brought special relation- 
ships that will continue long after I 
leave. It has been wonderful to go back 
to the classroom with them to help 
improve confidence in our math skills, 
or to become more skilled using new 
computer software. And there are many 
more memories that I will treasure. 

All of you, the alumni, parents and 
friends of Lasell, as well as the students 
and my colleagues, have made this a 
wonderful ride and a very fitting conclu- 
sion to my career in institutional 
advancement. Now I am looking for- 
ward to starting a new chapter and 
becoming a student again, in all the 
things I never had time for — painting 
and pottery perhaps, traveling of course, 
catching up on my reading and spend- 
ing more time with my husband and 
our children and grandchildren — not 
an unusual list. Lasell will remain a very 
special almost-a-decade of my life. I 
wouldn't have missed a minute of it and 
am very grateful for the education this 
wonderful college gave to me. Thank 
you all! 

Noni Linton 

Director of Annual Giving 

Making a Gift of Stock 
to Lasell College 

r you wish to make a gift of 
stock by electronic transfer to 
Lasell College, in support of 
any fundraising program, it is 
very important that you or your 
broker contact the Lasell 
College Office of Institutional 
Advancement. This is the 
ONLY way we can assure that 
the right donor is given credit 
for his/her gift. Unfortunately, 
when gifts are sent electronical- 
ly, the donor's name is not 
included and privacy laws 
prevent us from obtaining this 
information other than from 
the donor or broker directly. 
Call either Cathy Black, Director 
of Major Gifts & Planned 
Giving (617-243-2223) or 
Noni Linton, Director of Annual 
Giving (617-243-2165) BEFORE 
making a stock gift. 

Anonymous Donor Pledges $5,500 
in Class of 1951 Reunion Challenge 

#V member of the Lasell College class 
of 195 1, who prefers to remain anony- 
mous, has challenged her classmates 
to make increased gifts of $550 each, 
in honor of their 55th Reunion! Hoping 
to increase the level of giving within 
the class, the donor will match up to 
10 gifts of $550, adding $5,500 to the 
class of 1951 gift to Lasell for the 
Annual Fund. 

"It is an exciting opportunity for the 
class of '51 donors to essentially double 
their individual gifts through the kind- 
ness of our anonymous donor," says 
Noni Linton, director of Annual Giving. 

Alumni who have already sent a gift to 
the College may add to their contribu- 
tion if they choose, to help meet this 
open hearted challenge. 

Contributions to the Class of 1951 
Reunion Gift may be sent to the Lasell 
College Annual Fund or by contacting 
Noni Linton (617-243-2165) or Jenn 
Marvel (617-243-2282). '¥ 

A Fashionable Event to Recognize 
Leadership Donors 

For those who attended the Annual 
Leadership Donor Recognition Dinner 
at Lasell on October 16, 2005, it was 
like going back in time. The event, 
titled "Vintage Lasell: A Journey 
through the Decades," showcased the 
Lasell Antique Clothing Collection. At a 
cocktail reception, held in the Campus 
Center, guests were treated to a virtual 
fashion show. Five students, Siobhan 
Barton '08, Heather Daigle '07, Janelle 
Moynagh '08, Casey Rich '07, and 
Courtney Rose '08, served as models 
and worked their way through the 
crowds of trustees, overseers, corpora- 
tors, alumni and friends, showing off 

period pieces from the 1900s to the year 
2000. Heather was the stylist for the 
event making sure that every last detail 
was perfect. 

Exquisite suits, dresses, and gowns 
early in the event gave way to a showing 
of Lasell clothing memorabilia, includ- 
ing a May Queen dress, 1970s gym 
uniform and even Ms. Mac's lettered 
sweater. Professor Jill Carey, who is the 
Curator of the Lasell Museum Collection 
helped to make this event a "fashion- 
able" success. 

continued on page 29 

Spring 2006 

Lasell Leaves 27 

Mdjor Gifts and Planned Giving 

from Cathy Black: 

Major Gifts and 
Planned Giving 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2223 
fax (617) 243-2383 

As you will read in the following 
articles, Lasell alumni, of all ages, 
are supporting their alma mater in 
significant ways. Needless to say, this 
support is heartwarming to me and a 
validation of the excitement in the air 
about Lasell College. 

Although we are not in "campaign 
mode," major gift support is as critical 
as ever. Faculty, staff, and, most of 
all, Lasell students, rely on the contin- 
ued financial support of our alumni 
and friends. 

I am also thrilled that most major gifts 
are accompanied by significant Annual 
Fund gifts as well. The Annual Fund 
will ALWAYS be Lasell's fundraising 
priority and I am grateful that our 
alumni and friends realize the impor- 
tance of supporting both efforts. 

My thanks to each of you for your 
continued support and for those of you 
considering a major or planned gift, 
please do not hesitate to contact me at 
617-243-2223 or at 

Cathy Black 

Director of Major Gifts 
& Planned Giving 

Putnams Make Second Gift to 
"Their" Faculty Development Fund 

Overseer Nancy Burrows Putnam '50 
and her husband, George, believe in our 
faculty members. They see them as the 
heart, soul, and pride of this institution. 
They recognize that these men and 
women engage the minds and set loose 
the imaginations of the students who 
pass before them. They also believe that 
in order for Lasell to offer the finest 
educational experience and training for 
its students, our faculty must have the 
opportunity to learn new pedagogical 
methods and technologies. 


Five years ago, the 
Putnams helped 
^^V"w make this possible 

HI W ky establishing the 

IE Putnam Faculty 

j Development 

Fund. "We realized 
that we must help Lasell's faculty keep 
abreast of changes within their respec- 
tive disciplines and to be trained in 
the ethical, global, and technological 
developments that impact education, 
business, and society," explained 
George and Nancy. 

Five years later, with a substantial part 
of the original fund expended, the 
Putnams have stepped to the plate 
again with an additional gift of 
$200,000 to "their" fund. As Nancy 
commented, "We are thrilled that we 
can continue to support our talented 
and ever-growing faculty while increas- 
ing Lasell's visibility in the academic 
community. We are proud of their 

Jim Ostrow, Vice President for Academic 
Affairs, is also proud of his faculty and 
what they have accomplished personally 
and professionally through the generosi- 
ty of the Putnams. "Faculty development 
lies at the heart of all of our advances in 
the areas of connected learning, curricu- 
lar reform, new program development, 
and scholarly productivity. Without the 
Putnams' incredible philanthropy and 
foresight, we would not be where we 
are today." '¥ 

Planned Giving 

Bequests: Leaving a Legacy 

wie are pleased to continue our series 
of bequest donor profiles in this edition 
of Leaves. These thoughtful individuals 
chose to support Lasell by making 
a provision in their will or trust to 
support the College at their deaths. 
Each loved their alma mater and 
believed in its future. We are grateful 
for their foresight and generosity. 

Together, our featured donors 
bequeathed $120,000 to Lasell. 
We hope they inspire you to consider 
bequest support as part of your 
philanthropic planning. For more 
information or to request a bequest 
language handout, please call or 
e-mail Cathy Black at 617-243-2223 

Judith Woodbury 
Berenson '46 

Originally from 
Lowell, MA, Judith 
graduated from 
Lasell with a degree 
in advertising. She 
then built a successful career in this 
field, becoming highly regarded in the 
Boston advertising community and 
earning the nickname "half pica" for her 
outstanding attention to detail. In 1957, 
she married the late Boston civic leader, 
Richard Arthur Berenson. They had two 
sons, Marshall and Richard. Judith was 
a leader in many Boston organizations, 
including the Women's City Club and 
Les Dames de Amis d'Escoffier. Her 
hobbies included gardening, entertain- 
ing, and traveling. She also served as an 
Overseer for Lasell. She passed away in 
August, 2001 and bequeathed the 
College $15,000. 

Muriel Hagerthy 
Meikle '29 

An accomplished 
athlete, Muriel was 
a member of the 
Athletic Association 
as well as the bas- 
ketball and crew teams while at Lasell. 
She continued her education at Forsyth 
Dental School and became a dental 
hygienist. Muriel later married, had 
one daughter, and resided in both 
Maine and Florida. Her passions includ- 
ed traveling, golfing, cars, gardening, 
and reading. Her daughter, Patricia 
Flaherty, recalls, "My mother often said 
to me that her two years at Lasell were 
the best years of her life." Muriel died 
in November, 2004 and bequeathed the 
College $100,000. 

Elizabeth "Betsey" 
Sylvester Robinson '38 

Originally from 
Betsey made the 
most of her Lasell 
experience. She was a member of the 
Art Club, French Club, and yearbook 
committee. An accomplished musician, 
she was also an Orphean and a member 
of the student orchestra. Betsey contin- 
ued her education at Boston University 
where she received her B.S. in Education. 
She married the late G. Elliott Robinson 
and resided in Hanover and Hull, 
Massachusetts. Betsey died in May, 
2000 and bequeathed Lasell $5,000. V 


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Spring 2006 

Major Gifts and Planned Giving 

Lasell Alumni Support Funding 

Urit Chaimovitz '98 and Jean Sargent Lee '49 are committed alumni whose contributions 
to Lasell will make a difference. 

They may be from different genera- 
tions, but Trustee Jean Sargent Lee '49 
and Urit Chaimovitz '98 have the same 
passion for Lasell and its students. 
Each decided to demonstrate their 
commitment by supporting a funding 
opportunity important to them. 

Jean chose to fund a Course Response 
System (CPS) for "her" classroom, the 
Sargent Classroom in the Winslow 
Academic Center. A CPS is a wireless 
response system with remote control 
devices that resemble television 
remotes. Each student in a classroom is 
issued a remote control and can give a 
professor instant feedback to a topic. 
The topic can be presented verbally, on 
paper or electronically through a com- 
puter projector. The students register 
their responses by pressing a correspon- 
ding button on their remote control. 
Behind the scenes, a CPS is tracking 
each student's response and the profes- 
sor views results immediately. The 
responses can be set up to be anony- 
mous or tracked to a particular student. 
The CPS system also provides faculty 
with an in-class polling device to obtain 
an immediate, anonymous read on 
students' attitudes on current issues 
and events. 

"I look forward to actually experiencing 
this new system in action. It is one 
more exciting addition to our innova- 
tive, connected-learning curriculum," 
Jean commented. "It is important for 
our students to have access to these hot 
new technologies." 

Urit and her partner, Jon, chose to fund 
the cost of wellness programming for 
the Health and Counseling Center. 
Health Services staff members, led by 
Ann Sherman, work to assist students in 
developing habits that will enhance their 
quality of life and encourage them to 
become active participants in their own 
care. Wellness programming is one of 
the means to this end. Topics covered 
include stress management, alcohol 
awareness, healthy relationships, and 
eating disorders. 

Urit explained, "Jon and I believe in the 
critical programming Ann and her team 
at the Health Center provide. When we 
saw there was need we jumped at the 
chance to help, hopefully encouraging 
others to do the same." 

We are grateful to Urit and Jean for their 
passion and for their support. If you 
would like to learn more about these 
and other funding opportunities, please 
contact Cathy Black at (617)243-2223 or*' 


Continued from page 27 

Guests were then escorted to de Witt 
Hall for a delectable four-course meal. 
The Lasell class banners were hanging 
high, a few more pieces from the collec- 
tion were on display and the table center 
pieces included accessories from the col- 
lection — hats and handbags adorned 
the colorful flower arrangements. Each 
table represented a different decade, and 
a wandering tuxedoed minstrel played 
his violin, giving song renditions from 
the appropriate decade. Special thanks 
are due to alumnae Jean Michael 
Petersen '39 and Arlene Wishart 

Sylvester '38 who spent hours on end in 
the Winslow Archives researching Lasell 
events of the decades for display along 
with events of the world. 

The wonderful evening came to a 
close with a performance by the Lasell 
Community Chorus conducted by 
Harvey Finstein. It was an event to 
remember, bringing back memories 
for all who attended — especially 
alumni who could relive their Lasell 
experience no matter what decade they 
spent in Auburndale. %' 

(L to R) Janelle Moynagh 'oj, Courtney Rose '08, and Casey Rich '07 model pieces from the 
Winslow Archives. 

Courtney Rose '08 in a 1935 duster coat and Siobhan Barton 'oy, wearing an afternoon tea 
dress from 1900, talk with Trustee Alan Robbins. 

Spring 2006 

Lasell Leaves 2 Q 

SpOrtS News 

Message from the Athletic Director 

Office of Athletics 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 
Newton, MA 02466-2716 
(617) 243-2147 
fax (617) 243-2037 

I he growth of the athletic department 
expands beyond the playing field. This 
year, Lasell College was well represented 
in athletics at the national level. Staff 
members were selected for regional 
and national committees, attended 
national seminars, and received national 
recognition. Likewise, Lasell student- 
athletes were chosen to participate in 
national seminars and committees, and 
were honored for their play at the 
regional level. 

Richard Frederics, department chair for 
Business Administration and Faculty 
Athletic Representative (FAR), received 
a grant to attend the national FAR con- 
vention in November. Rick met with 
FARs from all over the country and 
brought back new ideas for his position 
and for Lasell Athletics. Rick also sits on 
the Budget Planning Committee for the 
North Atlantic Conference. 

Assistant Athletic Director Tim Dunton 
was selected to participate in the 
National Leadership Conference spon- 
sored by the NCAA. Student-athletes 

Shawna Kelly '07 and Greg Lauranzano 
'07 also attended the conference in 
January. The purpose of the conference 
was to develop leadership skills and 
to introduce students and staff to 
the NCAA. 

Head Men's Soccer Coach Giovanni 
Pacini was selected as an instructor 
for the NCAA YES clinic in the fall 
(see story p. 24). These sport-specific 
clinics are put on in conjunction with 
the NCAA final four of each sport. 
The YES clinics are designed to provide 
free clinics to children in the towns 
surrounding the championship venue. 
Lasell College soccer players Jose 
Calderon '07 and Tim Brennan '08 
accompanied Coach Pacini on this 
trip to North Carolina. Coach Pacini 
was also recently named the Eastern 
Massachusetts High School Coach's 
Association's College Coach of the Year. 

Senior basketball player, Mike Unwin 
was chosen from over 150,000 NCAA 
student-athletes to sit on the 
Management Council of the NCAA. 

In 2003, Mike was selected as one of 24 
student-athletes to sit on the National 
Student- Athlete Advisory Committee 
and was appointed to the Management 
Council this fall (see story p. 32). The 
Management Council is made up of 
presidents, chancellors, athletic direc- 
tors, members of the NCAA national 
office, and two student-athletes. 

Additionally, many coaches, staff mem- 
bers and student-athletes hold positions 
on regional and national committees. 
This involvement, recognition, and 
service are proof that our creditability 
is continuing to grow on and off of 
the court. 


Kristy Walter 
Athletic Director 

Men's Soccer Women's Soccer Field Hockey Cross Country 

Overall Record: n-6-2 
Conference Record: 6-2-0 

It was a milestone year for the team, 
highlighted by an end of the season 
selection to play in the Eastern 
Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) 
Tournament. For the match, Lasell trav- 
eled to Northfield, VT to face Norwich 
University. The game remained tied 
until the 83rd minute, when Norwich 
scored the winning goal. 

Lasell was picked to 
play in the ECAC 
Tournament after 
reaching the NAC 
championship game 
against Mt. Ida 
College. It was a 
grueling match that, 
in the end, had to be 
decided by penalty 
kicks and, unfortunately, Lasell went 
down 4-3. However, because of their 
sterling play, three Lasers were selected 
to the NAC All-Conference team: 
Junior midfielder Andy Roch, Senior 
defender Mike Dewire, and rookie 
forward Zach Gagne. 

"I'm very pleased with the way 2005 fin- 
ished out," says Head Coach Giovanni 
Pacini. "We're poised to return to the 
title game in '06 as we lose only two 
seniors from this terrific team." * 

Mike Dewire '06 

Overall Record: 6-8-2 
Conference Record: 5-4-2 

This year's team was a young one. 
However, under the direction of second 
year Head Coach Lisa McNamara they 
made their way to the NAC quarterfinal, 
where they lost to the eventual champi- 
on, Vermont* s Castleton State College. 

Because of their excellent play, two 
Lasers were named to NAC All- 
Conference Teams. Sophomore 

midfielder Nicole 
Ruggiero earned 
a spot on the 
All-NAC Second 
Team, finishing 
the season with 
eight goals. 
defender Laurel 
Saia was named 
to the Honorable 
Mention Team, 
finishing with 
one goal, two assists, and a solid year in 
the backfield. 

Sophomore mid- 
fielder Nicole 
Ruggiero is in 
control of the hall 

The future looks bright, as the team will 
not graduate any seniors. '«' 

Overall Record: 6-12 
Conference Record: 3-6 

■ his year's team was made up of nine 
freshmen, seven sophomores, eight jun- 
iors, and lone senior goalkeeper Linda 
Williams. The Lasers gained valuable 
experience as they battled in hard- 
fought games. 

The match against 
Wheelock College 
was particularly 
dramatic. At the 
end of regulation 
play, the game was 
tied at seven all. 
Advancing to 
overtime, rookie 
forward Caitlin 
Williams scored 
after only 90 
seconds of play. 

Linda Williams '06 
did a formidable 
job as goalkeeper. 

"This team gave 100 percent all year, 
and we had two players who were recog- 
nized by the NAC. Nicole Bryant was 
named to the All-NAC Second Team 
and sophomore Rachael Johnson was 
named to the All-NAC honorable men- 
tion team. Our record does not begin to 
tell what we accomplished," states Head 
Coach Jessica King. "We are looking for- 
ward to a successful 2006 season and 
are very excited about Grellier Field's 
new FieldTurf surface." * 

This year's squad was the largest in 
Lasell history, with 10 women and seven 
men compering. Head Coach Larry 
Sullivan was very pleased with the 
team's performance and the improved 
individual running times. 

At the Blazer 
Invitational, hosted 
by Elms College, 
both the men and 
women finished in 
second place. 
Additionally, Kayla 
McKenna '09 and 
Chris Johnson '09 
each finished in 
third place, with 
Johnson being 
named NAC 

Runner of the Week twice during 

the season. 

Greg Lauranzano 
'07 in the heat of 

At the NAC Championships at 
University of Maine/ Farmington, 
McKenna was named to the NAC 
All-Conference First Team and Greg 
Lauranzano '07 and Samantha 
Billington '06 were named to the 
NAC All-Conference Second Team. * 


Lasell Leaves 

Spring 2006 

SpOrtS News 

Men's Basketball 

Women's Basketball 

Overall Record: 12-14 
Conference Record: 10-5 

It was Head Coach Hank DeSantis's 
first year with the men's basketball pro- 
gram and having lost several key players 
to graduation, he was able to bring in 
some new talent and compete with high 
level teams. The Lasers fell to Lesley 
University in the NAC quarter finals, a 
team they were unable to defeat in each 
of their three meetings this season. 

Senior co-captains Mike Unwin and 
Dan Schweitzer will be missed next 
year. Unwin averaged just under 7 
points per game during his career and 
finished with a total of 747 points. 
Schweitzer played three seasons with 
the Lasers and led the team in rebound- 
ing this year, averaging 6.8 per game. 

Sophomore Jaime Crawford was named 
to the All-NAC First Team for the 2005- 
2006 season. Crawford led the team in 
scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game, 
which ranks him eighth in the NAC. 
Freshman forward fose Guitian also 
made an impact this season, averaging 

Caption: Jose Guitian 'og stretches at the 
tip off. 

10.2 points per game, as did rookies 
Brad Carvoulis and Dwayne Powell 
who each saw significant playing time. 

The Lasers will return a strong core 
of talent for next season and hope 
to extend their postseason playing 
opportunities, e 

Overall Record: 15-12 
Conference Record: 13-6 

The women's basketball team, under 
the direction of new Head Coach Matt 
Stein, finished with its best record since 
the 2000-2001 season. They made it 
to the NAC Tournament semifinals, 
where they fell to the eventual NAC 
Champions: UMaine/Farmington. 

Three women's basketball players 
were selected to the North Atlantic 
All Conference Team, including Senior 
co-captain Mandi Rapisardi, who scored 
her 1,000th point this season and cur- 
rently holds the career record for total 
points at Lasell with 1,192 baskets. 

Fellow senior and co-captain Theresa 
Allen averaged 13 points per game and 
led the team in rebounding with eight 
per game. She was an NAC Team 
Honorable Mention selection and also 
reached the 1,000 point mark, finishing 
her career with 1,029 points. 

Courtney Casserly '07 scored her 134th 
three-pointer this season which makes 
her the all-time high in that category at 
Lasell. She was also an Honorable 
Mention selection and was second in 

Junior point guard Justine Hill sets up 
a play. 

scoring with 14. 1 per game. Point guard 
Justine Hill '07 added 95 assists this 
season, just two shy of the record for a 
single season. 

The team looks forward to being very 
competitive next year. '¥ 

Men's Volleyball 

Women's Volleyball 

Overall Record: 13-17 
Conference Record: 2-7 

Under the direction of Head Coach 
Jonah Mytro, the men's volleyball team 
had their best record to date. Seven new 
players joined the six returning team 
members and they developed into a 
force to be reckoned with. When March 
arrived, the team went on a four game 
winning streak and then won four out 
of five matches at the York College 
Tournament, the season finale. 

Several individual statistical records 
were broken this year. Senior James 
Dunn became the Lasell career leader in 
kills with 614, and career digs with 743. 
He also set a single season record for 
digs this year with 312. He was ably 
assisted by Dwayne Cartegena '07, who 
broke the single season total blocks 
record with 120. Bryan Bobo '07 contin- 
ued to add to has career assists record, 
ending with a new total of 1,684. 

Several rookies also distinguished 
themselves. Against Lesley, Tyler 
Hammond '09 led the Lasers in kills, 

James Dunn '06 is ready for anything. 

with 10, and also added two service 
aces to his record for the game. Fellow 
freshman Duncan Kenyon led the 
defense with eight digs, along with 
three service aces. 

Coach Mytro will lose just one senior 
to graduation and is looking forward 
to next year's season. '« 

Overall Record: 19-6 
Conference Record: 9-1 

It was the third straight year the 
Lasers and cross town rival Mount Ida 
College faced each other in the NAC 
Championship match. Unfortunately 
Lasell did not come out the winner. 
However, two Lasell players were select- 
ed to the NAC All-Conference First 
Team: Allison Bianco '08, who led the 
team in kills and blocks and setter 
Katelyn Rasich '08, who amassed 875 
assists (ranking second in the NAC) and 
291 digs. Angele Lavoie was named to 
the All-NAC Second Team. 

In spite of missing much of the season 
because of a shoulder injury, Wendy 
Riddle '06 still managed to finish with 
a team high average of 3.65 digs per 
game. She is the only senior on the 
squad this year, so Head Coach Mary 
Tom will have 10 returning players next 
fall. "We are looking forward to vying 
for another NAC title," she says. '« 

Allison Bianco '08 goes up for a kill. 

Spring 2006 

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SpOrtS News and Lasell College Athletic Calendar for Spring 2006 

Forming Relationships 

Student-Athletes Actively 
Involved in Community 

Shawna Kelly 'oy and a youngster 
from Boston Medical Center's Children 
with AIDS program decorate holiday 
cookies together. 

Team work both on the field and off 
is displayed by the members of the 
Student-Athlete Advisory Council 
(SAAC). "We meet weekly to brainstorm 
and then we pass our ideas on to 

Athletic Director Kristy Walter," 
explains Colby Gorniewicz '06, this 
year's president. 

SAAC started the fall by organizing 
and promoting the second annual Fan 
Fest. The funds raised were used to 
host a holiday party for the children 
from Boston Medical Center's Children 
with AIDS program. These children 
are familiar faces at Lasell as they had 
all come for a play day in the gym 
earlier in the fall. 

Other activities included hosting a field 
day for the students from Newton's 
Williams Elementary School, providing 
volunteer coaching for nearby field 
hockey, soccer, and basketball teams 
and, on a different note, adopting a 
written sportsmanship policy that 
is posted at all games and printed 
in the programs. ¥ 

Attends NCAA's 100th Anniversary National Convention 

Mike Unwin '06 Earns 
Voting Privileges on NCAA 

Mike Unwin '06 

I his January, fresh back from 
Indianapolis and the NCAA National 
Convention, Mike Unwin '06 took off 
his tie and coat and put on his Lasers' 
basketball uniform to assume his team's 

captaincy. Mike seems to take on the 
role of leader, no matter where he is. 
He is one of 24 student-athletes to 
sit on the NCAA's National Student 
Athletic Advisory Committee and this 
year, he was one of two to be selected 
to earn actual voting membership on 
the Management Council. 

"In Indianapolis, we celebrated the 
100th Anniversary of the NCAA and 
also the 25th year of women's athletic 
programs being included in the 
association. The annual convention 
is where legislation is adopted and to 
be sitting and voting with university 
presidents and athletic directors was 
an incredible honor," says Mike. "I was 
proud to be able to represent not only 
Lasell, but also the 150,000 student- 
athletes who compete at the NCAA 
Division III level." %' 

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